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The Family from One End Street Hardcover – Illustrated, 1937


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Frederick Muller; First Edition edition (1937)
  • ASIN: B000XA46BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,002,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after hearing the author Jacqueline Wilson recommend it on T.V., up till then I'd never heard of it. ( It was published in the 1930's, long before I was born). Let me tell you I'm so glad that I did! This book is excellent. I was intrigued by Ms Wilson's comments on how the book is about poor children with holes in their clothes, and it makes such a change to read about the adventures of a working class family rather than the usual more privileged children. It's not a dark kitchen sink drama either. This book is full of the charm and humour of what life can be like in a large family with not much money to go round. Even though it was written in the 1930's it has suprisingly modern language and turns of phrase, the only aspect of the book which gives away it's age is the freedom the children enjoy. Walking for miles by themselves, smuggling on to boats, been given lifts by strangers...a lot of it will make the modern reader gasp, and feel a bit sad that we live in a much more cautious age.
The Puffin classic edition is beautifully published with Eve Garnett's original charming illustrations,a gorgeous cover and red endpapers.
Lastly, I think that this book will appeal to both boys and girls,as the adventures are had by both. I loved reading this book!!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
My aunt bought me this book in 1956, when I was 10. It was always one of my great favourites.
It's a lovely book. I've never forgotten it. I think Eve Garnett won the Carnegie Prize with it in about 1947. If you've got a child who loves reading, do buy them this book. I've just found it while browsing through Amazon, and I'm going to buy myself a new copy of it and read it again.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "aitchh" on 17 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this book 30 years ago and remember it vividly; it is one of the books that has stayed fondly in my memory ever since. The family are realistic, the "adventures" are plausible and being a sensitive child I could relate to them very well. The family may be from a different era but the issues - lack of money, big families are as relevant today as ever. Really a book to cherish forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Hughes on 31 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
Like one of your previous reviewees I also first read this book when I was 10 years old. I am now 48 and periodically read this book to keep me focused on how lucky I am now regarding all the many household gadgets, i.e. washing machines and tumble driers. If only Rosie could have seen into the future what would she have said!! Part of my childhood days were steamy ones with washing hanging around being dried and aired and having to make the fire in the grate to heat the kitchen each morning. No central heating then. How did we all manage, especially our Mothers who had very cold hands from hanging out washing in winter and chapped hands from the wringing of the clothes using a mangle. Were they happy days as portrayed in this book? It seems so.
Janice Hughes
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the story of life in the Ruggles family. The father is a dustman and the mother takes in laundry. There are 7 children- three girls and four boys. This book is full of charm and humour of what life was like for a large family in the 1930s. We hear about their adventures and the fun and mischief they get up to in times when children could enjoy their freedom, and how they entertain themselves for next to nothing, which is just as well, because the Ruggles were very poor. Amongst their exploits they allow a stranger to draw them and then pay for them to go on a boat trip - without asking their parents! Go on a car journey with strangers and visit their home! ... Things that we would never dream of allowing our children to do nowadays, but at the same time makes the reader feel sad that the days of trust innocence have long passed us by. A wonderful book full of heart-warming characters.

The Puffin edition that I own is full of Eve Garnett's gorgeously sweet illustrations that really add to the quaintness of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2001
Format: Paperback
A heart warming tale of a poor dustman and his family set in London during the early part of the last century.The seven Ruggles children don't have extravagant adventures, instead they make the most of the simple pleasures that come their way. A most enjoyable and importantly, a book depicting the realistic conditions at the time this book was written. Children and adults alike will certainly love this classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
I was 12 when I first read this book ... now I am 44 and have a Ph. D in English and I still adore it! In fact, I recommend it to all my friends! This is the first (of three) books about the struggling Ruggles - a dustman, a washerwoman and their children, each of whom has an 'adventure'. My personal favourite is little Jo - no, not of 'Bonanza' - who so loves the movies (a new miracle in the 30s) he dreams of murdering the husband of a local usherette just to share her free pass! Try it and choose your own favourite ... you won't be sorry, I promise you!
N.B. others in the series: 'Further Adventures of the Family From One End Street' 'Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. M. Edwards on 9 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
I first read this when I was about 9 yrs old and re read it over and over again. I lost mY copy and forgot about it until about 12 yeras ago when I saw a copy on my friends boOkcase. She let me have it as she had another. I read it again (age 38) and then lent it to loads of people. It got lost in my neice's room somewhere and so I am here ordering another copy to read to my litle girl. The story is delightful, I grew up with 6 brothers and sisters and could relate to a lot of this,you don't need to be rich to have fun
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