The Clayhanger Kid

I spotted today in The Walsall Advertiser that local history buff and top bloke Brian Stringer has got a self-published book out at the moment, detailing his childhood growing up in Clayhanger. Brian mentioned the book was upcoming in some correspondence I had with him last year, and as soon as I heard it was available, I immediately went out and bought a copy. Flicking through, this beautifully produced biography has got some lovely tales in there, some old photos and a good helping of humour. It’s clearly a gentle, touching work, and I’ll return to the subject when I’ve read it,  for a full review.

As with all local history books, I recommend purchasing this one as soon as possible, as print quantities tend to be limited and consequently they can get very hard to find once the initial batch has been sold. The book is a modest £6, and can be purchased from Downes Newsagents, in Brownhills High Street, Brownhills Library, Chasewater Innovation Centre and Walsall Local History Centre.

It looks like a cracking read. I wish Brian well, and commend the title to all readers of The Brownhills Blog.

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37 Responses to The Clayhanger Kid

  1. Thanks for the post about this book. Travelled to Brownhills this morning to get a copy. Went into Downes Newsagents and asked the young man if I could have a copy of the Clayhanger Kid and he said they didn’t have that. I told him it was on the shelf behind him and I think he was a little embarrassed.
    I skimmed through it in the Methodist Church coffee morning and it looks like a good read – I was also interested to see it was printed and published in Walsall.
    I my do a review when I have read it although some of the stuff will be a little before my time.

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  6. Emma says:

    Is this book available to buy on-line? I used to live in clayhanger but now live in Oz, i would love to read this book.

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  10. Tina Hill says:

    Uncle brian you haven’t changed at all. Mom (Janet Addis) was so greatful for her copy.
    I have fond memories of the tales Dad used to tell me about the antics you all got up too.
    Tina

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  31. E Smith says:

    How can I get hold of a copy of the Clayhanger Kid and Clayhanger Kid 2 my dad appears to have come to a dead end trying to locate copies!

  32. carol says:

    Hello
    I managed to get a copy of Clayhenger Kid 2, but would love to get a copy of Clayhanger kid.
    Will any be available again in the near future.
    Carol

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  36. Glenys Jones Smith says:

    I also would like to get the 2 copies of THE CLAYHANGER KID , my late Mom grew up in Clay hanger in a row of houses opposite the George and Dragon, she was born in 1918, so would love to know a bit about the lives that her and her big family had, The Whitbrooks
    G

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