Stories From the Olden Days: A Humorous Look at Growing Up in the 1950’s & ’60’s by William P. Robertson Review


  Billy Robertson was born in 1950 and grew up in a rural suburb of Bradford, Pennsylvania. Told from the boy’s point of view, Stories from the Olden Days traces Bill’s rollercoaster ride through childhood. The mainly humorous episodes relate his numerous troubles at school, at play, and even at church. Brutal teachers, treacherous classmates, and his quirky family all come under scrutiny as the plot unfolds. He also reveals the incidents and people that influenced him to become a writer. Come join in the games and jokes and fun from an era uninfected by political correctness. An old-fashioned horselaugh provides the appropriate soundtrack.


*I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review*

My whole life, I’ve been a huge fan of listening to older generations tell stories of their youth. When I was presented the  to read Stories From the Olden Days after reading the synopsis of the book, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

Before starting the book, I expected it to read like a regular memoir or biography, in which it starts at the birth of whomever it is about chronicling their life until present day. I was however quite surprised to learn that Robertson took a different approach, by telling highlights in shorter chapters about different aspects and events of his youth. The book ended up reading like you were sitting down with Robertson himself and asking him questions about his youth. With Robertson’s background in English, he was able to bring these stories from his youth back to life.

I am giving Stories From the Olden Days 5/5 stars.

Meet the Author:

William P. RobertsonWilliam P. Robertson graduated from Mansfield University in 1972 with a BS in English. Since college, he has worked in factories, taught high school English, and run a successful house painting business. He began freelancing short stories, poetry, and articles in 1978, and his work has now appeared in over 500 magazines in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. He has also published eleven poetry collections, two audio books of horror verse, four volumes of short stories, and eleven historical fiction novels. In his spare time Bill enjoys photography, trout fishing, deer hunting, and Civil War reenacting. He belongs to the Company I Bucktail unit of McKean County in Pennsylvania. For more information about Bill’s writing, visit his website at The author recently appeared on Mansfield University’s TV talk show, “Conversations,” to discuss the writing of the Bucktail novel series he penned with David Rimer. To view the show on YouTube, follow this link:

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