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0120110919Published in 1961, The Day of the Sardine evokes an educational no-hoper slipping into the treacherous waters of manhood by the River Tyne.|Young Arthur Haggerston has zero educational qualifications, absentee father, a mother who gives him a hard time, and a home in a slum-clearance area of Newcastle.|In his first job as a coal delivery boy he discovers the joy and sadness of sex with an older married woman; drawn by his wayward pal Nosey into a series of violent encounters with Newcastle gangs,he's forced to crawl to Uncle George (deeply corrupt foreman and Labour councillor) for manual work on the laying of a new sewerage pipe.|Arthur's Ma's lodger (and sometime lover), the philosophical Harry, whose career has peaked in a sardine cannery, fashions a lesson Arthur will finally understand: don't be a sardine, don't swim with the shoal; navigate your own way through life.|Acclaimed by critics when first published, Sid Chaplin described his book as 'a social thriller' and its themes remain relevant today.|Chaplin saw in Tyneside's fracturing working-class culture source material for a raw, comic, humane novel.|Fifty years after first publication, it's abridged by his son, Michael Chaplin.|Who has written extensively for radio, television and the theatre.|Reader: Joe Caffrey|Producer: Jill Waters|A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.|Sid Chaplin's brilliantly evoked journey of a Newcastle boy to manhood 50 years ago.
0220110920Sid Chaplin's acclaimed novel recounts how 50 years ago a Newcastle boy slipped into the treacherous waters of manhood.|Adapted by Michael Chaplin.|Young Arthur Haggerston has left school in Newcastle in the early 60's with few prospects.|A job delivering coal presents various temptations but ends suddenly, and his mother's lodger tells him he must find his own way through life, and not be a sardine swimming with the shoal.|Reader: Joe Caffrey|Producer: Jill Waters|A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
0320110921Sid Chaplin's acclaimed novel recounts how 50 years ago a Newcastle boy slipped into the treacherous waters of manhood.|Adapted by Michael Chaplin.|In the Newcastle of the early 60's, Arthur Haggerston is forced to beg for a job on a building site with his Uncle George, hears of the bizarre relationship between his pal's brother and a ragman's daughter and is drawn into the excitement of an affair with an older woman and the violence of a gang vendetta.|Reader: Joe Caffrey|Producer: Jill Waters|A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.|Arthur Haggerston is forced to beg for a job on a building site with his Uncle George.
0420110922Sid Chaplin's acclaimed novel recounts how 50 years ago a Newcastle boy slipped into the treacherous waters of manhood.|Adapted by Michael Chaplin.|In the Newcastle of the early 60's, teenager Arthur Haggerston discovers his Uncle George is corrupt, clashes with his mother about her relationship with the lodger and takes part in a street battle before glimpsing redemption - and the beautiful Dorothy - at the Golden Bowl Mission.|Reader: Joe Caffrey|Producer: Jill Waters|A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.|Teenager Arthur Haggerston discovers his Uncle George is corrupt.
05 LAST20110923Sid Chaplin's acclaimed novel recounts how 50 years ago a Newcastle boy slipped into the treacherous waters of manhood.|Adapted by Michael Chaplin.|In the Newcastle of the 1960's, the young life of Arthur Haggerston reaches a crisis, as he finally meets the father who abandoned him, takes part in a vicious street battle and witnesses the aftermath of a murder.|Reader: Joe Caffrey|Producer: Jill Waters|A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.|Arthur Haggerston finally meets the father who abandoned him.