A Liverpool Book - one of many Liverpool books.
Liverpool Tales from the Mersey Mouth
The city that gave to the world the Beatles, wit and football excellence provides the inspiration for these stories and my book.
There is a long history of Irish, Scots, Welsh, Jewish, African and Asian immigrants who came here for diverse reasons. Indeed, the Liverpool Chinese community is the oldest in Europe.
The surnames of two of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, are reflections of the influx into this city of the Irish famine survivors. In fact, the strength of the Liverpool Irish population has led to our city being nicknamed the capital of Ireland.
Our cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques that exist here.
Liverpool has known its share of tragedy. In the year 1900 three cities led the world league for infant mortality, Dublin, Liverpool and Calcutta, in that order! For our many immigrants the long and winding road ended at a workhouse for the indigent, or a mass grave for the victims of cholera and Scarlet fever.
During the blitz of 1941, when the Luftwaffe pounded the town nightly, as it was the key to the western approaches of the Atlantic, thousands died. In the Atlantic itself the German U-Boats accounted for countless locally born seamen, including my uncle, my namesake, whom I never knew.
In the words of locally born writer Nicholas Monserrat,
"The sea was in our blood, and our blood was in the sea, and that's enough about those five martial years, which made a man out of me and a corpse out of my brother."
A few years later a young Liverpudlian, himself born during an air raid, would sing 'Give peace a chance' because he knew instinctively that all we need is love.
"John Williams writes in the language of Liverpool, a Scouse scribe who brings to life the people and places, inner thoughts and outer images, the vigour and vitality and essentially, the iron humour of a unique city."
"This is a wonderful collection of writings by J. Williams. While it isn't specifically about the Beatles, they are clearly a part of the story, along with the very fiber and fabric of the city that influenced him and them as well. The pieces are short, well written and filled with a delicious sense of humor that shines in the titles as well as the essays."
"The melting pot that is Liverpool has created the Beatles, great football teams and legendary comedians. But there is more so much more. Our unique culture has also forged many unforgettable characters and yarns that Damon Runyon would have loved to put into print. After reading this book you'll know what I mean."