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White Boots & Miniskirts - A True Story of Life in the Swinging Sixties: The follow up to Bombsites and Lollipops [Kindle Edition]

Jacky Hyams
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Book Description

London, 1966, was a time when anything seemed possible, especially for a young, free-spirited girl in search of adventure. With pop music, fashion and youth culture at its height London was the most ‘swinging’ city on earth and the outlook was optimistic. In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir Bombsites and Lollipops, Jacky Hyams takes a look back to the years that changed Britain forever. A time of miniskirts, sexual-freedom, and spies from behind the Iron Curtain. But the excitement of the Swinging Sixties was to only last a decade and by 1970 things had turned bleaker. With wry humor and honesty, Jacky tells how the revolutionary fervor became the cash-strapped Seventies and how her search for love and success bridged the two.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782190147
  • Publisher: John Blake (4 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782193685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782193685
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jacky Hyams is a Brighton based journalist and best selling non fiction author. She has been writing for a wide range of mass market newspapers and magazines in the UK and Australia for several years.

Jacky's passion for 20th Century history led to the publication of her best selling personal memoir about post WW2 London: Bombsites and Lollipops, published by John Blake Publishing in 2011. The memoir has sold over 60,000 copies.

The followup, White Boots & Mini Skirts: A True Story of Life in the Swinging Sixties, was published by Blake in February 2013, also to considerable acclaim.

Jacky's third historically related title, The Female Few: Spitfire Pilots of the ATA, was published by The History Press in 2012. The book has now been optioned by a leading Hollywood producer.

This was followed by her unique history of Britain's WW2 female munitions workers, Bomb Girls: Britain's Secret Army, published by John Blake Publishing.

Jacky's recent book, Frances Kray: The Tragic Bride, tells the unold true story of the life of Reggie Kray's first wife, Frances Shea, first published by John Blake Publishing in September 2014. In the updated paperback version, published in September 2015, Jacky reveals, through new interviews and documents that have never been made public before, even more insights into Frances' story, revealing a wholly original and fresh perspective on life in the Kray Twins' inner circle -- and the troubled life of the innocent young woman at its centre.

Jacky is also the co-author of a second book about the Kray Twins, One of The Family: 40 years with the Krays, published by Century in July 2015. Written in collaboration with hairdresser and Page 3 girl Maureen Flanagan, the book tells the story of Maureen's unique relationship with the Kray family over the years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 May 2013
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I was looking forward to re-living memories of my teenage years in the sixties but sadly there were few if any in this book. There was the odd reference or two to events of that period and a few names were dropped in. I would not have known which period in recent history the book was set without these references and names. It could have been set at any period over the last fifty years. Sorry but it came across as just a girlie gossip. Very disappointing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 25 Mar. 2014
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Very disappointed with this book. The first book was a well told story of the times but this book was written to sell the book not to tell a story and Jacky came over as not a very nice girl. DISAPPOINTED !!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 10 July 2013
By Dave
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Really has nothing going for it ... I'm glad my life has been more exciting than hers. Watching paint dry in the sixties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phew!!! 22 May 2014
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This wasn't what I expected, but I could relate to some of it. She was a very determined, strong willed lady, and it makes very interesting reading, how times have changed, I think for the better with regard to some things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars concidence 29 April 2014
By ernie
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my wife was born in Hitchin as her mother had been evacuated during the blitz ;hey returned to london and lived in a terrace house close to kingsland road Dalston.she went to Princess May school passed 11plus,went to Skinners Stamford HIll also to the same school outfitters same dance class s the author and even her mother knew the Krays mother .alas my wifes father did not return from the war,he was killed fighting at Monte Cassino //good read we knew every location which made it more interesting ;my mother in law was a manageress at M&S DAlston ;more common ground! hope authur reads this ;thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 Jun. 2014
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I lived through the sixties so I enjoyed this book. I could relate to it! Well written so could recommend to any lady that experienced the 1960's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 21 April 2013
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This is not as interesting as I expected it to be. I found it a bit difficult to get into the story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic 27 Nov. 2013
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I enjoyed this book because I was a (younger) teenager during the 1960's and identified with the fashions, music etc. I didn't live in London but my sister did, so I could certainly emphasise with Jacky's misery over the grotty type of flat/bedsit available to young girls on low wages! Good read, but lacked the grip her previous book, Bombsites and Lolipops, had over the reader.
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