On the Cobbles by Jimmy Stockin
was born into a fighting family. His father and grandfather before
him both "trod the cobbles" and young Jimmy was being put
up against other boys on Gypsy camps from the age of five.
He took on bare knuckle challenges from wherever they came. Before
long Jimmy was widely recognized as the champion of the bare-knuckle
the book isn't just about fighting. As an autobiography it is also
a story of Gypsy life describing how the world looks from within
a community that has been systematically marginalised.
For anyone wanting to get a true idea of what it was like to live
the Gypsy life through the turbulent years of the sixties and seventies
this book will deliver an honest and unrestrained account.
It was during the Jimmy's childhood and teenage years that the last
vestiges of the old travelling ways were fast disappearing with
little to be optimistic about for the future.
Meadow St Mary Cray 1950s. Most Gypsy boys were taught 'how
to look after themselves' from an early age.
the Cobbles is a rare insight into a community under threat - a
community that treasures tradition - and a man who had little choice
in becoming a fighter but was nevertheless determined to be the
is truly a work from inside the culture looking out rather than,
as is often the case, outside looking in.
There is no room here for the rosy glow of nostalgia, the book simply
tells it as it is with all the hardship and the injustices that
the Gypsy faces travelling in a hostile world.
We hear of his fathers death at the hands of a gang who managed
to escape justice and of Jimmy's own fighting career around the
Gypsy sites of Kent, Essex and South London.
The Cobbles was transcribed and edited from interviews by Martin
Knight and is published by Mainstream Publishing
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Your take on this book
the cobbles was the best book i have ever had the pleasure of
reading it took me only two days so that shows you how much
i enjoyed reading it .They sounded like they had some great
times and will always have great memories that will live on
throughout gypsie life if possible can you pass this comment
to jimmy stockin i would love him to sign my book.