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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2011
This book was marvellous. It did exactly what I wanted it to do - took me by the hand all the way down memory lane and back again! I wanted to share it with everyone. Totally suitable for all born in the fifties. I would have liked a few more pictures, but the book was interesting, well researched and I loved every bit of it. I was sad whenit was over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
This book says that it is aimed at people who were born `in or around' 1960. In fact, it suits better those who, like me, were born in the 1950s and, therefore, old enough to remember things like advertising jingles, pirate radio dancette record players (I tried my hardest to break my sister's.)

Mail came twice as day, milk as delivered to the door, the chimney sweep made a mess, homes were dangerous what with all those electrical gadgets all sourced from one adaptor plug. You made do with one dustbin - little packaging waste - which was empties once per week.

There were mods and rockers and Saturday morning pictures. Also Wimpy Bars and Berni Inns. You could play in the streets, using jump0ers as goal posts though there were lots of street games I didn't know.

Remember Sindy Dolls and Gaytime biscuits? I remember the run up to Bonfire night being more fun the night itself. I also remember the national Anthem at the end of a cinema programme, though I was anti-monarchist enough to leave just before it.

I remember the Parker 51 pen - mine got stolen.

Especially good was the praise of creative teachers who got you through the basics but who also gave time to lots of other stuff and made learning fun. Are you listening, Michael Gove?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
This is a great bit of nostalgia for someone growing up in the 60s, the only downside is when it deteriorates from fun memories to lists of who did/sang what. We can find lists anywhere, the more fun bits are in the narrative that mentions things without descending into list-mania.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2011
Although I grew up in 1960's Australia, a lot of the the book was relevant to my childhood. We got most of the same TV programs, played the same games, ate the same food,went to the cinema each Saturday, and disappeared after breakfast in the holidays, returning in time for tea. Brought back great memories of childhood in a simpler time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2013
Brilliant, Really enjoyed reading it as I was born in the 1960's. It brought back memories of how free our childhood was
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2011
This book is a credit to the author, I could not put it down, its a great read for people who grew up in the 50's & 60's. Nothing was left out of this book, the author brought back great memories & really did a great job writing this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
I enjoyed this book but it looks at the 60's through a bit of a rose tinted lens, yes I can remember some of the rituals, playground games and things that happened but not with the same excitement that the author manages. I did though enjoy the brief journey through radio in the 60's and yes I remember the small transistor radio with the music fading in and out. The Boat That Rocked [DVD]I have linked this book to the DVD of the boat that rocked because of the strong memories it generated of this period of time,listening to music being broadcast from a number of pirate radio ships - does anyone remember Radio North Sea International or was that later on? I put the book down to watch the film! The book gives the impression that we all were the same in the 60s but this was obviously not the case, much of what you did depended upon a lot of factors including social standing, the level of education in your family and where you lived. An interesting book, worth a read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2011
I enjoyed this book although not a "must" read novel I enjoyed remembering many of the influences on my informative years. I shouldn't have been surprised that many were shared by the author, but was! The lists of TV and radio programmes in the book did lead me to suspicions of a cut and paste exercise by the author, to me it didn't read like a personal account of his TV viewing. However, a good, quick read outlining the enormous changes in lifestyle for a youngster growing up in the sixties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
I found this book a wonderful recollection of a similar childhood to mine even though I am female and had a different childhood in a Welsh countryside but so many pages like memories took me straight back to my childhood.It was well investigated and thoroughly covered all areas and topics of the day
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
As someone born in 1961 this book contained many happy memories from the past.The author does tend to concentrate on lists such as lists of celebrities and lists of tv programmes. Don't expect to read about great sporting events ,England's world cup win is dealt with in perfunctory fashion.Understandably the music scene is covered quite extensively and sweets and toys and childrens activities are a major part of the book.A good read but i preferred "A 1970's childhood"
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