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Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores: How we overcame hardship to raise a happy family in the 1950s
 
 

Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores: How we overcame hardship to raise a happy family in the 1950s [Kindle Edition]

Winifred Foley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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* A wonderful, heart-warming account of a bygone way of life in rural England in the 1950s

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After her years in domestic service, Winifred Foley married and started a family. But, while scraping a living as a charwoman in a rundown north London tenement, she continued to long for her home in the Forest of Dean and the cherished relatives she had left behind. Determined to give their children the rural upbringing she had enjoyed, the young couple moved to an isolated, crumbling cottage not far from the Forest. But even in the 1950s they lacked heating or running water, and money was tight. Food was begged, borrowed or home-grown, and their clothes were hand-me-downs. It was a primitive life of hard work on the land, struggling to make ends meet, and finding strength in the embrace of a loving family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0349122938
  • Publisher: Abacus (18 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349122938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349122939
  • ASIN: B00371V6PM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming trip down memory lane 5 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and bought it after reading Foley's first memoir, "Full hearts and Empty Bellies". Foley is a beautiful writer, her observations are charming and she's easy to read. This book charts her family history after she got married and quit domestic service. Her life is filled with love but lived in poverty, so rich in the things money can't buy, but without two ha'pennies to rub together. It straddles London and the countryside and is a valuable social history told in the first person. It's anecdotal and fosters real warmth in the reader. I genuinely cared for her family and wanted the very best for them. Foley is a trooper, a doer, a no-nonsense woman, slighty awkward in her own skin and at times irritatingly self-deprecating. But her use of language is lyrical and her humility genuine. The only drawback of the book is the last section which harks back to memories from her childhood. For me it doesn't sit well with her adult years in the first two sections. I'd have preferred more about her life as a wife, mother and grandmother as I learnt all about her childhood in her first book. I found this section repetitive, whereas the first two were new, shiny and packed full of character, wit and sincerity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have Read in a Long Time 9 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I couldn't wait to read this book having read the previous one about Winifred Foley's childhood and this one didn't disappoint. It's the sort of book that you want to read and read to know what happens next but also realising that you will soon be at the end and the amazing story she had written would soon be over. I will never forget this story of the most amazing love her family had for each other and only wish that she had written more. A truly amazing woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Memories of the 1950s 7 Oct 2010
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Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores: How We Overcame Hardship to Raise a Happy Family in the 1950s A really good easy read, taken back to hardship with a loving family, not very often seen in this day and age. Highly Recommended read :o)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shiny pennies and grubby pinafores 28 April 2010
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I bought it for my wife who assures me that it was an excellent read and is now suffering withdrawal symptoms and wants more books by the same author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 9 July 2010
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very authentio account of the times - I was there! No mention of the shiny pennies though. I will read more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SECOND BEST 21 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book, it was very reminisent of the fifties, but the previous book which is entitled Full Hearts and Empty Bellies seemed to me to be a much more interesting read as it was more about the person and her family where as this book seemed to be about a wider topic. I did enjoy reading it and would recommend it .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why give me all this grief 10 July 2010
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Good book - interesting story of the fifties and a real social document (with a bit of feel good spin)
BUT why oh why do Amazon keep pestering me for a review ??
Worse than spam.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHINY PENNIES AND GRUBBY PINAFORES 21 April 2010
Format:Paperback
DELIGHTFUL FOLLOW UP TO HER PREVIOUS BOOK'FULL HEARTS AND EMPTY BELLIES'
THOROUGHLY ENJOYED EASY STYLE OF WRITING - WAS ALMOST LIKE READING A LETTER FROM AN OLD FRIEND THATS HOW NATURAL IT WAS TO IDENTIFY WITH WRITER.MAKES YOU THANKFUL FOR ALL THE EVERYDAY LUXURY WE NOW ENJOY
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely nostalgic book
Bought this as a present for my Brother. He loved it and so did I! Has been lent round the family and all enjoyed it. Well worth a read.
Published 5 days ago by klogs
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Published 21 days ago by michael david collins
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Published 23 days ago by Mrs. J. Milburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Social housing hasn't changed then .....
Winifred's account of her fleeting experience of social housing brought back my memories of social housing - from a couple of years ago! Read more
Published 1 month ago by MissMouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
Great book, A very good read had me in tears but also had me laughing. beautifully told I could not put it down did not want the book to end.
Published 2 months ago by janet
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Excellent book. Bought as a gift. The receiver was delighted and enjoyed the story immensley. I would buy other novels from this author.
Published 4 months ago by Stellata
4.0 out of 5 stars Winifred Foley Shiny pennies and grubby pinafores
I bought this book after reading the reviews, it's the follow up to Full hearts and empty bellies, haven't read it yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy it
Published 4 months ago by J.J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Shiny pennies and Grubby Pinafores
Thought it was too disjointed. The local dialect was too difficult to master for easy reading. No indication that the end was a different story
Published 4 months ago by barry michael blockley
2.0 out of 5 stars missed the plot.
did not enjoy this book as i felt it kept wandering too much off the main story line.would not reccomend it.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Forest
I enjoyed this book, a personal account of the contrast between the more modern way of London life and the simplicity and lack of modern conveniences of rural Gloucestershire in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike the Drum
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