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Popeye Never Told You by Rodney Hall

Mike Leggett

Rodney Hall is an Australian prize-winning author born outside Bristol in Britain in the 1930s. His account of experiencing the War as a child explores memory, experimenting with the kind of expressions used by children learning to use language to express themselves. I had met him some years previously during a residency and having lived in Bristol on two occasions, was attracted to the book. I wrote this short piece having collaborated on an earlier project with historians from the University of Western England.