Born in the City of Edinburgh’s back streets in 1941, Howard Gee is uniquely placed to tell the stories of growing up with his pals on those streets during the early forties and fifties. Howard’s stories map a rapidly changing world with good humour and laugh out loud scenes of daily adventures that reflect family life in those difficult times during and just after the war. Howard has witnessed a way of life unfolding before him and one that has left a lasting impression which he uses to bring to life through his stories. Howard’s eye for detail and natural wit, make ‘We Were Only Bairns’ a delightful read, bringing a fascinating insight to life as it was lived in Grove Street, which sits between Morrison Street and Fountainbridge. The reader is transported back to a time when the simple pleasures of life were cherished. Howard was a childhood neighbour of Sir Sean Connery. They met again much later in life one evening at dinner after a game of golf at St Andrews, where they laughed and shared memories.