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Hopkins, Billy 1928-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 118 publications in 4 languages and 3,339 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Drama  Prison films  Biographical fiction  Juvenile delinquency films  Film adaptations  Fiction  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Crime films 
Roles: Author, Director, Producer
Classifications: PR6108.O64, 823.914
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Kate's story by Billy Hopkins( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Dad, it's the happiest day of my life,' Kate said. 'I wish time would stand still and it could be today forever.' It's June 1897, and Kate is celebrating her eleventh birthday on the day of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Kate's joy is short-lived, as tragedy strikes, threatening her family with the loss of all they hold dear. Before long they are evicted from their home in Ancoats, Manchester, and with no wages coming in and a mother unable to cope, Kate has to grow up fast. Her deepest desire is to keep her brothers and sisters together. A journey of hope and heartache takes Kate from the hardships of the workhouse to the dubious comforts of a position in service to the rich; from the joys of marriage to a good man, to the sorrows and losses suffered during the Great War
High hopes by Billy Hopkins( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's September 1945 and Billy Hopkins is off to London to train as a teacher, with only ten bob in his pocket. Despite his dad's gloomy warnings that he'll pick up bad ways from the toffs down South, Billy survives two years in the Big City
Anything goes by Billy Hopkins( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's December 1963 when Billy Hopkins and his wife Laura arrive back home in Manchester, after five years in Africa. The bitter English weather is a shock, but there are bigger surprises to come, for the world they left behind has changed beyond recognition. Now, it's the swinging sixties, with headlines full of the Beatles and the pill, LSD and mini skirts. Traditional values have been thrown into the melting pot
Tommy's world by Billy Hopkins( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With charm, warmth and humour, Billy Hopkins tells the story of his beloved dad ... Tommy Hopkins' early years aren't very promising. Born at the end of the nineteenth century in a slum district of Manchester, he's blessed with loving parents, but they don't have two ha'pennies to rub together. At school, he and his friends plot money-making schemes and play lots of football, while learning enough to keep the teachers off their backs. Then, leaving the playground behind, Tommy finds employment in Manchester's Smithfield market, where he works his way up to become a porter, and where, amongst the young women who catch his eye, is Kate Lally - who may just be the love of his life
Our kid by Billy Hopkins( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The much-loved tale of a northern lad in WWII appears with an enchanting new cover. It was on a Sunday night in 1928 that Billy Hopkins made his first appearance. Billy's tenement home on the outskirts of Manchester would be considered a slum today, but he lived there happily with his large Catholic family, hatching money-making schemes with his many friends. When war came, and the Luftwaffe dominated the night sky, Billy was evacuated to Blackpool. There he lived on a starvation diet while his own rations went to feed his landlady's children - 'I might as well be in Strangeways!' But even the cruel blows that were to be dealt to the family on his return to Manchester would not destroy Billy's fighting spirit - or his sense of humour
High hopes by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's September 1945 and Billy Hopkins is off to London to train as a teacher, with only ten bob in his pocket. Despite his Dad's warning, Billy survives two years in the Big City, and returns to take up his first teaching job in Manchester - on 300 pounds a year! The catch is his first class, Senior Four, who bitterly resent the raising of the school-leaving age, and are all set to take it out on their teacher - luckily the kid from Colleyhurst has some tricks up his sleeve. And Billy's about to fall in love with the beautiful Laura. Nostalgic, funny and romantic, High Hopes vividly evokes northern life after WWII, and will keep you laughing till the very end
Whatever next! by Billy Hopkins( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy Hopkins is thrilled to be released from the trials and tribulations of teaching when he takes early retirement. He's just buzzing with ideas for filling his time and making a spare buck - whether it's investing in apparently fail-safe business enterprises, starting up himself as an entrepreneur specialising in doll's houses or writing up the story of his life. Only one of those is likely to have the desired result on the financial front - but Billy's hilarious descriptions of his efforts, together with lovely glimpses of his ever-expanding family, make "Whatever Next!" a delightful and absolutely satisfying read
Tommy's World by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tommy Hopkins' early years aren't very promising. Born at the end of the nineteenth century in a slum district of Manchester, he's blessed with a loving, hard-working mam and dad, but they don't have two ha'pennies to rub together. In addition to suffering poverty, the family is struck by tragedy not once but twice. But Tommy is a survivor. At school he quickly makes lots of friends, and together they plot money-making schemes, settle scores and play lots of football. Then, at last, it's time to leave the playground behind. Denied the chance of a promising career as an engineer, Tommy instead finds employment at Manchester's Smithfield market and works his way up, finally becoming a porter. He's becoming a man, and amongst the young women who catch his eye is Kate Lally, who may just be the love of his life..."--Publisher's description
Kate's story by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the author of Our kid. "Dad, it's the happiest day of my life," Kate said. "I wish time would stand still and it could be today forever." It's June 1897, and it is Kate's eleventh birthday and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Kate's joy is short-lived, and tragedy strikes, threatening her family with the loss of all they hold dear. Before long they are evicted from their home in Ancoats, Manchester, and, with no wages coming in and a mother unable to cope, Kate has to grow up fast. Her deepest desire is to keep her brothers and sisters together. A journey of hope and heartache takes Kate from the hardships of the workhouse to the dubious comforts of a position in service; from the joys of marriage, to the sorrows and losses suffered during the Great War
Anything goes by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After spending five years in Africa, Billy and his family return home to Manchester to find the world they left behind had changed beyond recognition. Somehow he and his family manage to find their way back
I love you, I love you not( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A painfully shy and self-conscious girl catches the eye of the coolest guy at their stuffy New York prep school
Big mama by Billy Hopkins( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tommy's world, Billy Hopkins by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our kid by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was on a Sunday night in 1928 that Billy Hopkins made his first appearance. Billy's tenement home on the outskirts of Manchester would be considered a slum today, but he lived there happily with his large Catholic family, hatching moneymaking schemes. When war came, Billy was evacuated to Blackpool. There he lived on a starvation diet while his own rations went to feed his landlady's children - I might as well be in Strangeways! But even the cruel blows that were dealt to the family on his return to Manchester would not destroy Billy's fighting spirit - or his sense of humour. Nostalgic, sad and funny, the bestseller 'Our Kid' recalls an upbringing and an environment now vanished
Les Jeunes gens en colère vous parlent by Doris Lessing( Book )

1 edition published in 1958 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cha Cha tropical by Billy Hopkins( )

2 editions published in 1965 in German and Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going places by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

It's the 1950s and, like the rest of the country, Manchester is still suffering from post-war austerity. Despite this, Billy and Laura Hopkins are in seventh heaven as they return from their honeymoon - but their euphoria soon evaporates as they find themselves desperate for money and a home of their own. With a baby on the way and the bills mounting, they yearn for more than Billy's teaching salary can offer them. 'There's got to be more to life than this, ' Billy thinks. Then Billy hears an appeal for Education Officers in Kenya. But what about the recent Mau Mau rebellion and the inevitable culture shock? Billy and Laura set off on a BOAC Argonaut for Nairobi and an exotic new life
Going places by Billy Hopkins( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The warm-hearted story of one family's journey to a land of dreams - thousands of miles from home ... Despite the austerity of 1950s Manchester, Billy and Laura Hopkins are in seventh heaven as they return from honeymoon, but their euphoria evaporates when they try to find a home of their own. With a baby on the way and the bills mounting, they yearn for more than Billy's teaching salary can offer. Then Billy hears an appeal for Education Officers in Kenya. The glowing description of life in the colony makes it a tempting alternative to rainy Britain. After much hesitation and advice, Billy and Laura set off on a BOAC Argonaut for Nairobi and an exotic new life
The fortress of solitude( Visual )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Whatever next! by Billy Hopkins( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy Hopkins is thrilled to be released from the trials and tribulations of teaching when he takes early retirement. He's just buzzing with ideas for filling his time and making a spare buck - whether it's investing in apparently fail-safe business enterprises, starting up himself as an entrepreneur specialising in doll's houses or writing up the story of his life. Only one of those is likely to have the desired result on the financial front - but Billy's hilarious descriptions of his efforts, together with lovely glimpses of his ever-expanding family, make "Whatever Next!" a delightful and absolutely satisfying read
 
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Alternative Names
Hopkins, Wilfred 1928-

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High hopesAnything goesTommy's worldOur kidHigh hopesWhatever next!Going places