Demons and Sprockets is an amusing, off-the-wall, sometimes heart-breaking yet ultimately triumphant story about a young girl with dreams and aspirations. Shirley was born into an uncertain world in 1934, in Leeds, and from her first years living in a back-to-back terraced house, the story tells how she grew up, through the Second World War, and went on to realise her dream of becoming a professional dancer – something that she could only dream of when she was younger, seeing herself as an under-privileged “Frog Princess”. Stood up at the altar first time, read how she eventually married the same man, had three children and then divorced. Read how she struggled to bring them up through the Sixties and Seventies with little or no support from their father, and how she was often vilified as the scarlet woman in a small parochial village. Enjoy the romance of Shirley meeting her lifelong soul-mate, David, and finally escaping from West to East Yorkshire to renovate a disused Victorian school and create a new career for herself as a speech therapist. Finally, Shirley tells the reader how she spends her time now that her working life is finished. An active seventy year old, still taking keep-fit classes, and finally getting the chance to reflect on what has passed, and enjoying those things that her life and a lot of hard work and self-belief has brought her. Shirley’s aim, in writing this book, is two-fold : firstly to remind and put on record the hopeless housing and living conditions as they were when she was a child, and secondly to describe her life since then, taking you, the reader, from her days as a young woman, full of hope and looking for love and castles in the sky, to the very different world of the present. If life seems to get you down sometimes and you see nothing but dark clouds, then read this book for inspiration. If you have dreams but are afraid to pursue them, then read this book. If you think that you are the only one who life is treating unfairly, then think again – you are not the only one to have faced life’s challenges – Shirley trod many of those lanes long before you. She, too, has shed more than her share of bitter tears. Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt! She may be unusual, but we are proud of our mother and would not have her any other way – Russell, Brad and Danielle — her children. P.S. It’s not what happens to you in your life that matters. It’s what you do with what happens that really counts!