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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: 17 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,922 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.'

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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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28 of 29 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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20 of 21 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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea disappointingly realised 9 Dec 2011
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Evocative it is not 2 Jan 2014
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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15 of 17 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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8 of 9 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Total Nostalgia, 17 July 2014
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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 games. I loved to and found myself reading much of it out loud to anybody who would reminisce with me.
My only criticism would be that it was too male oriented. What happened to Tressy and Cindy dolls? Magazines like Jackie, girls grammar schools and so much more? I know it was his memories but would not have taken much to research, interview and include more girl things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad 12 July 2014
By Marc
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Good book, strikes up quite a few cherished memories and brings back others that had been forgotten. The Author does tend to stick to a couple of specific years instead of working through the whole seventies which was noticeable and slightly frustrating but overall if you want a few smiles, to be reminded of a few things you forgot about, this book will do that. Don't expect too much and you will be happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
how i remember it
Published 3 days ago by ms h jones
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 21 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!!
Brilliant book, bought back so many memories
Published 21 days ago by jan norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone who was a kid in the 70's
It was like reading my childhood ... brought back loads of memories, TV, food, games ... life in general ... not a long book, but I enjoyed it.
Published 21 days ago by Rick Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
if you are interested in a compendium of seventies brands, music, TV shows and sweets, this is for you. I was expecting a bit more, and was disappointed.
Published 27 days ago by p g clough
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very simple read that triggered fond memories and much conversation.
Published 28 days ago by Symon Cooke
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia overdose!!!
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NOSTALGIC TRIP
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a real trip down memory lane, and should appeal to anyone who grew up in the 1970s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jan Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars greater read
Could not put it down,so many memories brings a smile to your face. Comes highly recomended . Left wanting more
Published 2 months ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1970's Childhood
loved this book although it is written from a boys eye view, it reminded me of so much, the long hot summers, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. L. Fish
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