This book is a personal history of a childhood in the village of Eyam - the Plague Village - in the Peak District of Derbyshire. The early 1900's were a period of great hardship for many working-class families particularly in rural areas. However, they were also times of pride and self-sufficiency, with fun and laughter derived from simple pleasures as well as mutual support and courage when poverty could have become unbearable. Both humorous and shocking, this description of domestic and community life at the beginning of the 20th century is illustrated with many contemporary photographs, documents and line drawings by George Coates, the author's husband. It is one of a series of social and local histories written by the author and published by The Harpsden Press. Paperback, 168 pages.