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A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days [Paperback]

Derek Tait
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1 Sep 2011
A 1970s childhood

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752463446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752463445
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Plymouth in 1961, Derek Tait lived his early years in Singapore and Malaysia and has written several books about his time there, including 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans'. A former photographer and cartoonist, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world.
A keen historian, his books include '1950s Childhood,' 'A 1970s Childhood,' 'Butlins An Illustrated History' and 'Houdini the British Tours' as well as many books in the 'Through Time' series for Amberley Publishing.
New books for 2014 include three First World War books for Pen and Sword and '1960s Childhood' for Amberley.
He has also written many local history books including 'Plymouth,' 'Plymouth at War,' 'Saltash Passage,' 'St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Hoe,' 'Mount Edgcumbe,' 'Saltash,' 'Memories of St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Tales From the Past' and 'Images of Plymouth : Stonehouse.'
As well as 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans,' other books about Singapore include 'Memories of Singapore and Malaya,' 'More Memories of Singapore and Malaya' and 'Monsoon Memories.'
He is currently working on several books about the Great War for Pen and Sword.

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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

About the Author

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. He lives in Saltash Passage, Plymouth. His website: www.derektait.co.uk

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I really pay good money for this? 22 Jan 2013
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If this had been a free book or under £1.00 I would have been disappointed. To charge over £5.00 is scandalous! The first half is presuambly taken direct from a school jotter dating from the period in question. The second half is nothing more than a series of lists, of items such as chocolate bars, TV programmes and record titles! Some wonderful howlers too - apparently UK and Iceland solved the Cold War in 1971!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the seventies in list form 2 Jan 2013
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This boook covers a decade of exciting social, political, musical and fashion development Mr Tait grew up duringthis time but still gives the views he held at the start of the decade. it is superficial and I had to skip the interminable lists of number 1 hits. It is also ridiculously repetitive and limited in scope. There is such a wealth of information on this decade available its a shame no depth or characterisation was given. Wasted opportunity.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea disappointingly realised 9 Dec 2011
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I count myself as lucky enough to have had "A 1970s Childhood" and have my own meories of most of the things listed in this book. However, I have used in the word "listed" deliberately...this is largely a book of lists - a large proportion of the "music" chapter is entirely devoted to number one records of the 1970s, and there are various other lists including films from each year of the 70s, TV shows, even ice lollies. All these things are available for free on the internet, and probably from your own memory too. What isn't available is the author's own personal experiences, and although the book does include a few of these, there were not enough to engage my interest. I was expecting more of an autobiography which would allow seeming it seemed like more of a stream of consciousness; and as soon as the author had dispensed with home and school, he seemed to have very little to say on any other subjects and a lot of the book read like filler. There are also some annoying mistakes, such as referring to "Sebastian Cole" as setting a new world mile record. I am sure that this particular error is not the author's, but the lack of attention to detail by the typesetter/printer/whoever is unfortunately symptomatic of the whole book. On the whole, although I wouldn't recommend this as a book, I'm sure if I were to meet the author in a pub, we could keep each other entertained all night with stories of our 70s Childhoods, both of which were spent in Devon.

If the author is reading this, I apologise for my negativity. I have every respect for anyone who has the ability to write for a living.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Evocative it is not 2 Jan 2014
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Some of the positive reviews here include the word 'evocative', which is precisely what this book is not. As a child of the seventies, I hoped that I would be transported back to the sounds and smells of that decade, with thoughtful, maybe wistful, descriptions of how time passed in hazy domestic simplicity while the serious, adult world edged closer to atomic self-destruction. Instead, this memoir is filled with mundane statements like 'We always seemed to be out and about doing something' and 'We certainly travelled far and wide in our Viva'. The problem, I'm afraid, is that Derek Tait is not proficient enough a writer to pull off this kind of narrative; he fails to create any relationship with his readers because he lacks the skills to connect his particular childhood with the decade that we all shared as children. It was an extraordinary time, but he does not capture that. My mother gave me this as a Christmas present, with a 'Clunky Writing Style' warning attached. I tried to finish it, but could not get past Chapter 7, 'Music', in which Tait does little more than list the number ones for each year. Reducing one of the most flamboyant, creative and experimental periods in musical history to a simple roll call is criminal!!!!! (he also uses far too many exclamation marks). Sorry, mum.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 10 Oct 2013
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Absolute drivel, could have been written by an eleven year old as a school project, and marked down for idly replicating lists. Please don't waste your time
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull! 22 Oct 2013
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It starts off quite well when it's autobiographical but then just degenerates into a boring list of 70's cliches. Not particularly well written either as the writing has no style at all. I gave up at the halfway point.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The devil's in the detail 25 Nov 2011
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The whole point, surely, of a book that allows one to revisit one's childhood lies in the author's ability to recall details that we ourselves have forgotten or only half remember. If we could recall it all, we wouldn't need to buy a book. We want our memories jogged so that the past will be conjured up for us again, will live once more, if only in our nostalgic moments. Details, therefore, are all important. Hearing things named gives them life. Disappointing, then, that in the very first chapter the author mentions "Space Monkeys" - apparently little shrimp like things that you hatched in water. I am a child of the seventies, but the name "Space Monkeys" means nothing to me. The name "Sea Monkeys", on the other hand, has plenty of resonance. Sea Monkeys were indeed little shrimp like things that you sent off for in the mail. Get the details right please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia overdose!!! 27 Jun 2014
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Great for a trip down memory lane and a dose of nostalgia, so many things you forget and yet loved so much. It's a bit repetitive in places and drops into lists in some parts. Overall an interesting read and I wish I could relive those 70s days again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Derek. Your 70s was different from mine. ...
Sorry Derek. Your 70s was different from mine. And that's the problem with peoples individual takes on eras. Read more
Published 29 days ago by MARK HALES
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional, evocative journey of nostalgia.
As a point of reference for my new novel, based between 1974 and 1978, it is a fantastic reminder. I have searched for a book like this for a long time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffsfire
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reminiscing over some of the content
Oh how this took me back. I loved reminiscing over some of the content. I have recommended to my sister's.
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Curzon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
So repetitive and I found boring
Published 2 months ago by melanie hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting book
Published 2 months ago by mrs pauline aidulis
1.0 out of 5 stars lose direction rapidly avoid!
Mercifully I didn't by this book but retrieved it from a hotel library. Should be titled the big book of lists and repetition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Paul Elmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
how i remember it
Published 3 months ago by ms h jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Total Nostalgia,
If you remember the Seventies as I do it is a must. A trip of nostalgia down memory lane. A reminder of many things I had forgotten about from music to adverts and clothes to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JayBe Wales
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Good book, strikes up quite a few cherished memories and brings back others that had been forgotten. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marc
3.0 out of 5 stars My childhood
Lots of things I remember and I would rather forget as too embarrassing ie clothes and 'pop' groups.
Published 3 months ago by Janet
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