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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747583439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747583431
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is one of the best pictures of childhood that I've read, and certainly it's an important account of the confused and anxiety-ridden state we're in today' Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy 'Read this book - Libby Brooks brings childhood's present alive in its historical context, and puts modern supernannies in their historical place' Oliver James, author of They F*** You Up 'A thoroughly enjoyable read' Claire Rayner 'This is a wonderful book. It is a remarkable and important polemic on the state of contemorary childhood ... This book tells us some very disturbing things about ourselves. I hope the policymakers read it' Helena Kennedy QC

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Libby Brooks was born in Glasgow and studied law at Oxford University. She joined the Guardian newspaper in 1997, and worked as Women's Editor between 1999 and 2001. She won the Catherine Packenham Award for young women writers in 1996, and was named Young Journalist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 1998. She lives in East London and likes murder mysteries.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CatherineB on 4 Feb. 2009
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I picked this book up in a secondhand hand shop thinking it might be worth a browse, but once I started reading it I was hooked. The basic framework is interviews with 9 children - perhaps "interviews" is not really the right word, rather the author spends a lot of time with each child and describes their life and views, often using their own words, but she also has a great gift for capturing different children's speech patterns in her own writing without it seeming self-conscious or patronising. I found it interesting to read about the lives of a diverse group of British children and also quite heartwarming. Each chapter/child is also used to illuminate various issues around childhood - theories from the history of childhood or child psychology as well as looking at popular perceptions of modern childhood. Overall a very readable, warm-hearted and intelligent book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss E. Potten on 17 Jan. 2009
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A fantastic collection of nine case studies of modern youth in all its forms, from a teenage mother to a public schoolboy. Brooks spends several months with each child, aged between 4 and 16 years old, reporting honestly and candidly on their day-to-day lives, friendships, education, family dynamics and interests. Entwined within each of these case studies are explorations of issues affecting children today, from school dinners to street safety, sex education to consumerism, based on historical, sociological and psychological investigation. Compelling and thought provoking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By social work student on 18 Aug. 2007
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On the essential reading list for my uni course, this book allows us a snapshot into the lives of a range of children and young people, and relates the children's experiences to policies, and sociological perspectives.Includes discussion on issues such as moral panic and youth cultures, as well as healthly eating etc. A good read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on 27 Sept. 2009
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I bought this book to read before I started my teaching course at University. It gives you an insight into the different lifestyles and upbringings of children today and the problems they may be facing. It really makes you think and has definitely aided me in my studies and placement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deb on 1 Nov. 2010
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This funny book is both insightful and revealing. It paints a real picture of growing up in the UK today, linking children's views on life with educational theorists and childhood studies along the way. Useful for anyone taking the Foundation Degree in Early Years - a lighter way to find out about children growing up.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on 11 Aug. 2008
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I'd been considering studying Childhood and Youth Studies with the Open University and decided to give this book a go as a brief insight into the concept of childhood. I found this book gripping, insightful and was often amazed at some of the facts presented in this book. The author brings together a range of ideas outlined in the likes of other books such as Neil Postman's 'The Disappearance of Childhood' and ultimately it is left to the reader to draw their own conclusions. A fantastic look at the changing face of childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AS on 24 Jun. 2014
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Dated, but a really interesting read and not your usual childhood book. Makes you think, which is always a good thing.
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