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Some Liked it Hot: The British on Holiday at Home and Abroad Hardcover – 9 Nov 2000


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; First Edition edition (9 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852279508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852279509
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.4 x 29.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miriam Akhtar (www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk) is one of the UK's leading practitioners of positive psychology and was one of the first positive psychologists to go into practice in Europe. She works as a coach, trainer, consultant and speaker on the science of well-being. She is a visiting lecturer on the MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) in the UK and on the Executive MAPP at the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

Miriam's speciality is in positive psychology interventions, translating the research into practical tools to help people feel good, function well and flourish. She is one of the 100 global experts who contributed to the 'World Book of Happiness'. Miriam is the author of 4 books including Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression, the first evidence-based self-help guide to using positive psychology in depression. Miriam's background is in the media as an award-winning producer in TV (BBC, ITV1 & Ch4) & network radio (BBC Radio 4). She has won the Medical Journalists Association Gold Award, a Golden Gate award and a Sony Gold award.

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Steve Humphries is the series producer of Some Liked It Hot. He is the author of 20 social history books documenting life in 20th-century Britain, many written to accompany television series, including the much-acclaimed A Secret World of Sex, Forbidden Britain, The Call of the Sea, Veterans: Last survivors of the Great War and Green and Pleasant Land. He set up the award-winning Testimony Films in 1992 and has made over 70 social history documentaries for network television.

Miriam Akhtar is the series co-producer of Some Liked It Hot. A Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 4 journalist, she has a special interest in travel and history and has produced Radio 4 travel programmes including Sentimental Journey, New Europeans and The Off Season More recently she has worked on a number of social history series for Channel 4 and she wrote the book Far Out : The Dawning of New Age Britain. She lives and works in Bristol.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "bobholness" on 16 Nov. 2000
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Its difficult to believe that less than fifty years ago, unless they'd been fighting for King and country, most people in Britain had little or no experience of foreign travel, and high factor sun cream and greasy tapas bars were an entire world away. Based on the oral history of travellers with extraordinary stories, "Some Liked it Hot" presents a vivid picture of what post-war tourism has really been like and about how we've reached the height of holiday snobbery that we know today.
The authors have thankfully veered away from making grandiose statements about social trends and the psychological motivation for wanderlust and instead we get a series of wonderfully evocative first hand holiday vignettes.
There's the 1950's naturist who feared she would lose her job if anyone found out where she'd been and the pioneering family Fagg who converted a wartime ambulance into a caravan and toured Europe. The yearning for romance and a better life inevitably becomes a recurring theme, and is at its most poignant with stories such as that of Gladys Nuttall, who went to Cleethorpes in 1947, fell in love with the man who looked after the beach donkeys, and has not been home since.
The photographs are great too. Check out Pete Bradshaw and his friends at Butlins Filey looking like invaders from Mars in their beatnik spectacles, and a decidedly uncomfortable looking Margaret Rowe posing next to the patent bikini vending machine.
The authors have done a first rate job in tracking down the right people, and as such this should become a valuable social document in what is a much neglected area. Particularly good are the chapters on the original magic bus, the early years of touring caravans and high society ski resorts where the lah-di-dahs went to dip into their fondues.
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As someone who has grown up with the travel industry I feel it is my own history that has been described in this book. I thoroughly recommend "Some liked it Hot" to anyone who remembers family holidays by the seaside or has put on a backpack and caught a plane to the other side of the world
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An entertaining and enjoyable read. I was impressed by the thorough research into the subject and the way the information was presented in such an engaging and accessible way. Surely a must for students of tourism everywhere
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For dedicated holidaymakers and travellers alike. The illustrations were great and brought back memories of many a childhood fortnight. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on back-packing. A perfect Christmas gift.
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