I love many of Julie Walters characters and think she is a superb actress whether it is in Harry Potter, Billy Elliott, Acorn Antiques or with Victoria Wood, but this is a disappointing read.
She is a year younger than me and, like me, was born in Smethwick (although St Chads is Brum) and lived around Bearwood, but the book just did not grab my attention. I'm afraid it did not recapture the people of the time.
The latter parts of the book told of some amusing episodes but there was no spark; purely factual. I have not checked in detail but there seem to be several spelling mistakes. I wish she had got a ghost writer to do it.
Julie Walters is a wonderful actress with a long and varied career behind her and I hope much more in the future. This book does not do her justice.