Time really does fly and it comes as a shock to realise that 1970 is already 40 years ago, but as you dip into this entertaining book you quickly become aware of how different things were in the decade that began with the 1970 World Cup in Mexico (remember the song 'Back Home'?), Apollos 13's aborted mission to the moon and Edward Heath's victory in the General Election, reached its mid-point with Bill Gates founding Microsoft and Lord Lucan disappearing after the murder of his children's nanny, and ended with the 'Winter of Discontent', bank rates at a record 17 per cent, andf Margaret Thatcher becoming the country's first female prime minister...The author takes us on his own, often humorous journey, recalling schooldays (dodging chalk thrown by the teacher etc.), flared trousers, cheeseclth shirts, accidents involving platform shoes, and outings in his parents' Vauxhall Viva which was eventually replaced by a Hillman Avenger. --This England
Do you remember glam rock, flares, cheesecloth shirts and chopper bikes? Then it sounds like you were lucky enough to grow up during the 1970s. Who could forget all the glam rock bands of that era, like Slade, Wizard, Mud and Sweet, or singers like Alvin Stardust, Marc Bolan and David Bowie? What about those wonderful TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, Kung Fu and Happy Days? Fashion included platform shoes (we all had a pair), flared trousers, brightly patterned shirts with huge collars and colourful kipper ties. And everyone remembers preparing for power cuts and that long, hot summer of 1976. So dust off your space hopper and join us on this fascinating journey through a childhood during the seventies, with hilarious illustrations and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for all those who grew up in this memorable decade. Derek Tait has written over a dozen books, most of them about his early childhood in Singapore or the area of Plymouth in which he lives. He is now a full-time writer, but previous jobs have included a photographer and a cartoonist.