The author was 96 when he wrote this, his first book. It is a story of his life growing up in a small mill town in Lancashire, England. He writes of his life with his mean alcoholic father, and his mother who does everything she can to provide for her family of 6 children. The “wall” the author refers to in the title is a symbolic barrier between the Jews and Christians that inhabit the two sides of his street. They lived pretty much harmoniously respecting each others social and cultural mores so long as each side kept to themselves. But then Harry’s older sister, Lily falls in love with a young man, Arthur from the other side. The love story is their story.
Readers who enjoyed Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes will renew their reading experience. There are parts in the book where you cringe and don’t want to read on, but do because you believe in the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to overcome adversity and triumph.