Leila Berg lived as a child in Salford, Lancashire, spent fifty years in London, and now lives in Wivenhoe, North Essex. All her books are either about children, or for children. She has written over twenty children’s books, above all the Nipper series (after which first reading-books in primary schools were never the same), for which she received the Eleanor Farjeon Medal in 1973. She was a defence witness in the Oz Trial. ‘Salford, 1924’ (Granta 55) is taken from her memoir Flickerbook, published by Granta Books in 1996.