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South End Boy

In this memoir Jim Bennet introduces us to Halifax of the 1930s and ’40s: one full of coal smoke and rival gangs, chuffing freight trains and pine tar soap. He takes the reader along with him ”down the bank” and off to adventures all over the city’s south end and beyond, offering a glimpse of childhood where a young boy had free rein far beyond his backyard.

For Jim and his neighbours, the playground was the seashore, the tracks, the ponds and parks, the tramcars, the Commons, the Citadel, and more. Through his eyes, we see the impact caused by the Second World War on daily family life.

Jim Bennet’s recall of the details of ordinary life — seen from the perspective of a boy growing up into his teens — and his gift for storytelling are evident in this enjoyable book. It will bring memories flooding back for some readers; for others, it offers a window into adolescence at a time when the world was rapidly changing.

Jim Bennet

JIM BENNET is well-known as a CBC radio and television performer and songwriter. He is the author of books, documentaries, and poems centred on his native Nova Scotia. His light-hearted songs, such as "Black, Rum and Blueberry Pie," "Thick o' Fog" and "Nova Scotia Diet," are perennial favourites from campfires to concert halls and have been performed by many acclaimed Canadians, including Anne Murray, the Jubilee Singers, and astronaut Chris Hadfield. Jim is now retired and living in the downtown centre of his favourite city in the world, Halifax.

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1930s and 1940s Halifax 3 $0.30

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Talks about the house he grew up in 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Sounds of the city/time 5 $0.50

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Smells of the city/time 6 $0.60

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Stores in the city 8 $0.80

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Where/ what he ate 8 $0.80

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. His neighbourhood 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Open spaces in the city 11 $1.10

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Excursions outside of the neighbourhood 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Elementary school 11 $1.10

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1930s and 1940s Halifax delivery of commodities to your home 5 $0.50

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Radio 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Railway 8 $0.80

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Cars 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Theatre, music, movies 10 $1.00

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Simple entertainments and homemade toys? 6 $0.60

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. The northwest arm 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Public transit 7 $0.70

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Anglican church of canase 6 $0.60

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. High school 10 $1.00

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1930s and 1940s Halifax. Popular characters in the city 7 $0.70