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rank 3147
word count 99389
date submitted 24.02.2009
date updated 27.02.2009
genres: Literary Fiction
classification: universal

Grass Knots

Mike Faulkner

The story of kids 'discovering life' in the mid-1950s, told through the eyes of Mick, a member of a gang of six boys.


Coronation Day, 1953. Fourteen year old Mick, in love with Patsy but too shy to make contact with her, finds out, through his gang's discovery of an unexploded bomb, that she is keen to become his 'girl'. Unfortunately, Patsy has to go on a three week family holiday before their romance can begin. In the meantime Mick and his five friends expand their normal playtime interests- fishing, playing football, climbing, flying home-made kites, manufacturing explosives and tying 'booby trap' grass knots on the North Downs- by taking to ogling girls and spying on courting couples. Mick has to deal with death for the first time when Bernie, one of the gang members, dies; Mick also finds himself propositioned by two local girls just prior to Patsy's return. They date. The gang breaks up. All the youngsters have now moved out of childhood innocence and on into early adulthood. The days of tying grass knots on The Downs are over...

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1950s, adolescence, danger, family values, innocence, love, nostalgic

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R D wrote 1280 days ago

Would be interesting to have a sequel, maybe present day Mick, how has life panned out?

Vanessa Darnleigh wrote 1429 days ago

Shades of yesteryear beautifully evoked...well done...backed 100%

Vanessa Darnleigh wrote 1429 days ago
Lisa-Marya wrote 1819 days ago

You have evoked character and period well but - IMHO - it's very patchy. i.e. sometimes the narrator sounds like an adult in his language and objectivity. Also, although the descriptions of his friends in costume are individually good there are too many, too much. Nothing's happening! Sorry to say that, for me,. it's too slow.
Great idea and potential - don't give up!

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1874 days ago

Joe Capello is spot on. If this was your childhood,you have captured it to perfection and we all recognise that. What would younger readers make of it? Coming of age now is so far removed from our experiences that the audience may be screaming "Do something" at your characters. Accurate and evocative but is it involving enough for all those people who weren't there? On my shelf. Patrick Barrett (Shakespeares Cuthbert)

paul house wrote 1881 days ago

I could just put this on my shelf because you use the word 'todger' and because I tried to eat a Bonio when I was little as well, but that would be rather flippant. I will put it on my shelf, though, because you have created a fine narrative voice (very English, btw) and the first chapter is alive with well-described moments that we have all lived through one way or another. I like the fact that you have started with the Coronation street party. That gives place to your story immediately and allows you to develop character differences straight awat. Reggie and Roger are recognisable people, as is the lumpy and well-endowed Patsy. I shall come back to read som more of this next eek when I have a little more time. If you have time to look at Common Places before tomorrow and the end of this month's Ed's Desk, I would be very grateful.

mumu wrote 1882 days ago

Hi Mike,

Welcome! Nice to know you have joined us writers.

I noticed that you are interested in literary writing and nostalia--so I thought you might like to take a look at "Do Not Weep for Me." It is romance, but more of true life type.

Thanks. I would love your comments.