Dockie Author:Martin BAllard "If you wants something bad, you've got to fight for it." — Moggy Harris knew that. All his life, he had fought the boys at school who picked on him because he was short. Like most of the boys who lived in London's East End during the 1920s, Moggy left school at fourteen to go work on the docks with his father. But Moggy couldn't accept the injus... more »tices of a dockie's life the way his father did. The men were treated like slaves, forced to beg and bribe the supervisors for their daily hire.
When Moggy joins the picket lines and fights for the dockies' rights, he is blackballed from the docks. Only boxing offers him an escape from the imprisonment of poverty.
The intensity of a young man's determination to climb out from under is realistically portrayed in Martin Ballard's vivid novel.« less