"A great story of a great man."

        Jim White, Writer and Broadcaster

"Fantastic insight into some of the characters who helped create the long-lost great British high street. Full of tips that might even make you a few quid!"

        Craig Pattison, Butcher

"Reads like Hemingway"


"Short and sweet... easy to read, entertaining with lovely memories of growing up. Plenty of anecdotes to keep you interested and wanting more."

        Mary Farmer, Reader of Books

Butcher Boy: A Celebration of Working on a Thriving High Street

By John Lawrence Matthews

When I was growing up, my dad said to me, 'Don't be a nobody, John. Make sure you're a somebody. You're a Matthews, you're one of the Matthews family - and that means something. Don't ever forget that.'

This book is about a thriving family business that sadly no longer exists. It's about a time not so long ago when there weren't boarded up shops on every high street, when Amazon was just the name of a river, a time when customers shopped locally and were treated like royalty.

It's about a time when things were bustling and young men were expected to do as their fathers wished - whether they wanted to or not.

A thought-provoking, funny and often moving memoir, Butcher Boy tells the story of a man who built a commercial empire - and the price his family had to pay.

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