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The Book

New Illustrated Art Book & Biography Reveals

Tales of Life in a 1950’s Central London Boarding House. 

With over 40 hand drawn illustrations and stories each one a joy to read.

"Post war London life is beautifully drawn and the tales

illustrate hard luck, hard work and diversity under one roof. Hugely enjoyable!” 


“This is a really touching story about Janson Woodall's eccentric upbringing in a 1950s boarding house.

The illustrations are idiosyncratic and full of clever detail such as the gas fires, clothes draped around, mice, cockroaches etc. A lovely book.” 

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Together with the author’s gay unmarried mother here are the true amazing stories of a boarding house full of eccentric tenants, sex workers, refugees, naked men and much more. Each story is illustrated by the author and is a joy to read.


Set in post-war 1950's London the book bursts with the amazing and true stories of the eclectic band of tenants that lived in his mother’s boarding house and who are etched into the author’s memory. It is also about the street life of 50s London, the bomb sites, cinemas, music halls, blistering cold winters and more.

With 40 full colour illustrations, each one hand drawn on the author’s iPad, this very different biography will touch the heart of readers wherever they hail from; whilst providing a chance to step back in time and share some of the most exciting and dramatic times of the author’s life.

Four Tenants

The Naked Man
has a bath

The ShoeLady with
all her odd shoes.

Stanley the

Blondie the
Sex Worker

4 of the 40 illustrations

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