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A 1950s Childhood: From Tin Baths to Bread and Dripping [Kindle Edition]

Paul Feeney
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"...if you did grow up in the 1950s then you will find this book by Paul Feeney absolutely impossible to put down." --This England Magazine, Summer 2010 edition

Jeni Barnet raved about the book, 'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney, on her weekday afternoon show on LBC Radio (97.3F), "It's like opening up a paper bag of penny chews or sherbet lemons. It's so evocative. It's been dripped over. I've been reading it at every meal." --The Jeni Barnett Show on LBC Radio (97.3F),England, January 22, 2010.

'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney was featured as a good book reading suggestion in Woman's Weekly magazine. --Woman's Weekly Magazine, England, November 10, 2009.

'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney was the subject of a double-page feature article in the Daily Express newspaper. --Daily Express Newspaper, England, September 26, 2009.

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Do you remember Pathe News? Taking the train to the seaside? The purple stains of iodine on the knees of boys in short trousers? Knitted bathing costumes? Then the chances are you were born in or around 1950. This delightful compendium of memories will appeal to all who grew up in this post-war decade, whether in town or country, wealth or poverty.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4201 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752450115
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079IU06U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Feeney is a non-fiction writer specialising in British social history post-World War II, with an emphasis on the period 1945-1980. He is the author of non-fiction bestsellers 'A 1950s Childhood' and 'A 1960s Childhood'. His latest book is the highly acclaimed bestseller 'From Ration Book to Ebook: The Life and Times of the Post-War Baby Boomers'.

'A 1950s Childhood in Pictures' is the picture book companion to Paul Feeney's original bestselling paperback book, 'A 1950s Childhood'.

More information about his books can be found at http://www.paulfeeney.co.uk

Follow Paul Feeney on Twitter @postwarhistory





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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories 2 Jun 2011
By Peter Gordon VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was aged six in 1950 and so much of what is written in this book, was part of my life. Despite pundits who try to tell those of us who grew up [or possibly not!] in the 1950's and 1960's, that life was no better then than now, I/we know better, it was much, much better!

The author can be congratulated for having included so much of our lives during that decade. It was a pleasure when wondering whether he would remember every little thing, for the most part, he did. What he did miss and I hope that he will forgive me, I set out here:

Ch.1 - I remember the horrible cod liver oil by the teaspoon full but also the wonderful product: Malt.

Food and Drink - it was the fashion to boil vegetables, particularly Greens until they contained little in the way of goodness. But salad stuff tasted better than the forced and much travelled stuff of today.

Healthcare - our young lifestyles kept us fit, but dentists, who were paid virtually on a 'piecework' basis, drilled and filled our teeth [sweet things were hard to come by] without good clinical reason on many occasions.

Radio/TV - one very popular song was Terry Scott's 'My Bruvver' - still very funny.

Childrens Hour - the magical voices of David Davies [Larry the Lamb etc].

Games and Hobbies - 'Catch a TIGER by his tale'. I don't think so!

School Holidays - the last day before the summer term, when you were allowed to bring board games etc, to school.

An excellent read.
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood re-visited! 23 Mar 2010
By Bonzo
Format:Paperback
This book invoked so many memories of a blissful type of growing-up compared to these more frenetic times where children don't enjoy adolescence because they are urged to grow up before being really ready for it. It makes you recall how gentle it all seemed, probably a hint of looking through rose-tinted glasses, but we grew up more or less able to cope with what life could throw at us. And no stress counsellors! Highly recommended for those who want to revisit their youth, a very good read.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories Renewed 12 May 2010
Format:Paperback
As a school friend remarked - "it was like someone had been looking over my shoulder". There were some memorable recollections which were revived in this book - some of which hadn't been thought about for many, many years.
I think it should be required reading for all children and grandchildren of those of my generation who grew up in the 1950's when everything was so much simpler.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley fantastic 18 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most fantastic books that i have read . It has transported me back to my childhood and bought back so many memories. I even purchased two more and gave them to my sisters as presents.

Really Really great
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories 19 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my sister. It will bring back memories and make us laugh at some of the things we used to do. Arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood of the 1950's 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback
A most enjoyable read, a revisit of many things familiar to growing up in the UK in this decade and a springboard to writing down one's own memories of childhood.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of childhood 21 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent and well written. I can relate to more than 90% of contents and it brings back long lost memories of my childhood.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories 5 May 2011
By Jaqrid
Format:Kindle Edition
Purchased this for my mum, she loved it as it brought back so many memories from her childhood. My dad heard us talking about it so he 'borrowed' her kindle to read it himself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brings back so many memories of my childhood, thanks*****
Published 2 days ago by barbara puddefoot
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not bother with this book.
This book is poorly written and has no feeling of authenticity. I gave up on it before the end. The struggle was unequal. How did Mr Feeney gather his material? Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sue Middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read if you were brought up in that decade
Lots of memories but from a personal perspective. Good read if you were brought up in that decade.
Published 3 days ago by barbara clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars ... back a lot of memories and gave us a good
This book brought back a lot of memories and gave us a good laugh
Published 3 days ago by Mrs Jenny Rendell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awakening childhood memories.
A good read for anyone born during the late fortties or fifties - nostalgia.
Published 5 days ago by CavanM
4.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of the (real) Good Times
Wow to think back on all that kept us busy as kids in the 50s and 60s and most of it of our own imaginative escapades, like tying black thread to neighbours door knockers so they... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Vere
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reminds of me
I could see myself in this book. It was a hard time but good time you will never see times like that again.
Published 6 days ago by Diamond
3.0 out of 5 stars Its a great book however the actual text size is so small ...
Its a great book however the actual text size is so small its difficult to read especially for elderly people - bought this and the 1940's Childhood book for my Mum's 80th -... Read more
Published 6 days ago by LesleyB1964
5.0 out of 5 stars A must bedtime read
Some heartfelt memories at to be found with these covers, If you were a 50's child then this is a must bedtime read.
Published 7 days ago by Duncan Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant. My husband couldn't put it down and we spent ages chatting about past times
Published 8 days ago by deb
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