A CHILDHOOD of “make do and mend” has captured the imagination of readers some 3,000 miles away.
Castle Bromwich man David Prosser was stunned to find his autobiographies have been flying off the shelves in America.
Last year he published Pumps with Holes In, the story of growing up in Birmingham in the 1940s and 50s.
And it proved so popular he’s written a follow-up Lick ‘em on I’m Off - all about his working life.
The 68-year-old, of Hawthorne Road, said he was persuaded to put down his memories by members of the family.
“I had so many stories of growing up locally and my wife and children must have heard some of them a 100 times,” he said.
“In the end they suggested I write a book, so I sat down at the table in the kitchen at nine o’clock in the morning and I was still there at ten o’clock at night.
“When I was young there was a lot of hardship, a lot of poverty, but I have no axe to grind - I had a wonderful childhood.”
Pumps with Holes In relates the story of working class life in the wake of the Second World War - when austerity was the order of the day.
And Lick Em on I’m Off tells of the many professions that father-of-three David was involved in locally after leaving school.
“I never thought people would be interested in biographies but when I speak to librarians they say they’re more popular than fiction.
“I’m not the most literate person, I’ve just tried to put down my stories as honestly and completely as I can.”
The two titles are available to buy now.