Below the Bridge: Growing up on the Southside


In this personal history of the largely resettled Southside Road in St. John’s during 6he 1930 and 1940s, Helen Fogwill Porter evokes the characters and atmosphere that made this community distinct within the larger city. With Porter’s unerring eye for detail we meet the people who gave life to the Southside—longshoremen, housewives, sailors, coopers, midwives, and sex workers.


Porter’s story is a reminder of the journey each of us takes in navigating through childhood; a road leading from a state of innocence to the gritty, unpredictable world ahead.

Below the Bridge is one of the most remarkable memoirs I have ever read, a loving but unsentimental depiction of childhood in a hard time. — Bernice Morgan, author

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