Best Selling author Harry Leslie Smith's account of his life in Great Depression Britain In the book 1923, Harry Leslie Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. Born into poverty in the mining town of Barnsley, Yorkshire, Smith presents his family’s early history—their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment. 1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith’s story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.