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The Great British Tuck Shop

The Great British Tuck Shop [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry , Phil Norman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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‘A magisterial work of social history’ OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY

‘A must-buy for sweet-eaters everywhere’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘The history of our favourite retro sweets’ THE SUN

‘A book which is all kinds of amazing.’ Alexis Petridis

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Spoil your dinner and rot your teeth with the ultimate book of sweetie nostalgia!

From the creators of the TV Cream website and the authors of TV Cream Toys comes the ultimate in 70s and 80s nostalgia - TV CREAM TUCK SHOP.

A colourful, witty and irreverant encyclopedia of all the sweets and crisps of your youth. From Mojos to Rainbrow Drops, Space Raiders to Trios, Corona to Kia Ora and everything in between.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52553 KB
  • Print Length: 1111 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOZ31E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Berry is an author and a freelance writer for TV, magazines, newspapers and the internet.

He occasionally appears on radio and TV shows talking about his specialist retro subjects (television, toys, sweets and snacks) so you might have seen him on Channel Five's Greatest Moments series, UK Gold's Porridge and Doctor Who weekends, BBC Four's The Hard Sell or C4's Top Ten TV and 100 Greatest Toys.

He lives in Hertfordshire with a wife (his own), a daughter (also his own) and some cats (their own).

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Our school tuck shop was one of my earliest memories. My mum used to give me 5p to take in each day and i used to be able to get a new refresher for 1p. I'm in my forties now and this book brings back so many memories. I had forgotten about Quatro! Lovely book well researched with lots of little interesting side stories about the 'tuck' industry. A great present for that fourty-something you don't know what to buy for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monster munch of Proustian entertainment 10 Oct 2012
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This agreeable new tome from Messrs Berry and Norman is a tour de force of sweet nostalgia hits. If I were to belabour the sweety metaphor I might make mention of each page being like a burst of space dust on the tongue - but I won't. Instead I will say that this is an incredibly beautifully illustrated and meticulously compiled piece of work. The gents have searched seemingly every dusty cranny to uncover all manner of obscure and exotic comestible ephemera. And it really is the ephemeral aspect of this book that makes it such a joy. Unlike TV shows or adverts that are easily accessed at anytime via You Tube, many of these confectionary designs have not fallen under my gaze since I was two foot shorter and waiting in line at the ice cream van outside the school gates.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a selection box you can read 8 Oct 2012
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Leafing through the pages of The Great British Tuck Shop feels a bit like waking up, John Simm-style, in an immaculately preserved 1970s sweet shop. Chronicling the imperial phase of the British confectionery industry, this lovingly designed, researched and written book catalogues practically every chocolate bar, ice lolly, penny chew, crunchy snack and fizzy beverage of your formative years.

The brilliant thing is not so much reading about the stuff you remember, but the products you'd forgotten ever existed in the first place - Cadbury's Gambit, Trebor Double Agents and KP Sky Divers are all granted one final moment in the sun, not to mention the Wall's, er, Kinky. Even Fry's Five-Centres is here in all its decadent glory. Full of evocative images, wrappers, adverts and promotional material (and if the promise of a massive picture of Derek Griffiths shilling for Vimto doesn't reel you in, nothing will), The Great British Tuck Shop is an essential purchase for anyone who's spent an evening in the pub attempting to remember all the words to the "can't resist 'em..." advert for Cadbury's Creme Eggs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully nostalgic 4 Oct 2012
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If you find yourself longing for the sweets of your childhood, and particularly if you grew up in the 1970s and early 1980s, this book is a must for you.

Steve Berry's previous book of nostalgia, "TV Cream Toys: Presents You Pestered Your Parents for", was wonderful, although more of a picture book than something you could read, but this book has clearly been a labour of love. Yes there are lots of pictures of sweets, wrappers, bags, lollies, cans, old advertisements from magazines, stills from TV ads and so on, but the books is surprisingly thick - almost 400 pages in total - and there is a lot to read! Divided into themed sections (chocolate, crisps & snacks, drinks, sweets and so on) each is then subdivided into shorter pieces, so for example in the part devoted to chocolate there are segments on bagged chocolates (Buttons, Maltesers, Minstrels...), sharing bars (Dairy Milk, Galaxy...), individual bars (Mars, Milky Way...), fingers (Twix, Drifter, Time Out...) and so on. As a book it is always interesting to read, often very funny, sometimes rather emotional, and I loved it all.

Not everything is covered, and you are bound to find some items aren't mentioned (I was hoping to find a mention of a bar called "One Two" I remember - kind of like a Twix but with each finger wrapped individually, and separated by perforations so you could share them or eat one now and have the other later, but it wasn't there) or they are mentioned but not pictured, but you'll find yourself grinning as you remember the brands you enjoyed so much, and craving one more taste. It's a shame that there also isn't an index - the "periodic table" idea inside the covers is fun but not that helpful really.

A wonderful piece of nostalgia for any child of the 70s or 80s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality nostalgia 16 Oct 2012
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It would be so easy to write a book about the UK's favourite crisps, sweets and drinks by saying "Lots of people bought this stuff and it was really popular" on every page.

Actually, I think I will...

But that's beside the point. What makes this such an outstanding book is the fact that it's been very thoroughly researched, uses beautifully crafted dialogue that rolls off the tongue and reawakens more forgotten memories than you can shake a Curly Wurly at.

If you were a kid in the 70's and 80's, you'll really love this book. All those trips to the local corner shop on the way to or from school will come readily to mind once again as you remember all those brand names that made life great back then. And there are dozens and dozens of them in this book, so do yourself a favour and buy it. You'll be totally glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some serious eye candy 27 Jun 2013
By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER
This book is one of my secret pleasures. I flick through these pages the way other men might go through something from the top shelf of the newsagents... the only difference being that my subsequent dribbling and drooling is the result of more than just an overactive imagination. Oh, and I wouldn't think twice about reading this book in front of the vicar.

This is, quite simply, beautiful. It manages to capture the very essence of what being a child in Britain in the 70s and 80s was all about - stuffing your face full of sweets at every possible opportunity. But what sweets they were! The front cover alone has sent me on a hundred different trips down a variety of Memory Lanes. Most of them seem to take a detour via the dentist but that's the price you have to pay for having a nostalgic sweet tooth I suppose.

I must confess, I have never sat down and actually read more than a few pages of this book in one go, any more than I would do with one of those aforementioned top-shelf publications (of the sort that I know nothing whatsoever about, you understand). And the reason is the same - well, sort of; It's all about the pictures. 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' could have been printed alongside them, I don't think I would really notice. I have tried to read this as a proper book but I really do find it almost impossible. That is no insult to the writing style of the authors either, because that is both factual and humorous. My lack of reading discipline is more of a compliment to their wisdom in devoting so much of this work to so many truly evocative illustrations. If you want more information, it's there. But if you just want to wallow in some decidedly rose-tinted shades of nostalgia, all you really need are these pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
A book of nostalgia covering all the products of the tuck shop past and present. It is quite a substantial history and all the illustrations are in colour in glossy pages. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Pam Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another brilliant book by steve berry was nearly in tears (OF LAUGHTER AND JOY)
Published 14 days ago by paul sargeant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
pure nostalgia
Published 1 month ago by daryl burchmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but arrived damaged
Excellent book full of interesting information Purchased as a gift but disappointed when it arrived with a badly
dented top corner, dropped at sometime and sold at full... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories in Hardback !
Saw these 2 guys on 'This Morning' a couple of weeks ago showing Holly & Phil all these old chocs & sweets that we can all remember (or had forgotten) from our childhood (I grew up... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JANINE MOORHOUSE
5.0 out of 5 stars ...the memories came flooding back!
this book is just an excellent piece of nostalga! Just to flick through the pages looking at the old packaging for sweets and drinks evokes memories of my childhood in the 1970's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by littlechops
5.0 out of 5 stars So many memories!
A great coffee table book to dip into. It brought back so many happy memories of treats that had real flavour and were affordable for the modest amount of pocket money that was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. P. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee table book
I have this under my coffee table and people come in, pick it up and sit remembering all the sweets, chocolates etc from their childhood. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. J. Garrity
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
ibrought this for a gift for my husband for christmas and he really enjoyed reading it , and so did i !!
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. S. L. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A great trip down memory lane.
I bought this as a gift for the brother in law as we often reminisce about sweets from our childhoods. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard
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