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Hopping
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2009
If you enjoyed Silvertown, you'll love this. A sensitive portrait of the life of Eastenders, both at home and in the hop fields of Kent. As ever, McGrath vividly evokes the worlds she writes about. She draws you along the streets of the East End and into the homes of those who worked on and beside the river, making you share their hopes, triumphs and disasters. She takes you with them by train and lorry, through the night and out to the green fields of North Kent, where they will spend the Summer stripping hop bines and exchanging gossip over their camp fires. And meanwhile, the twentieth century moves on with its wars and industrial progress, changing the lives of her protagonists in sometimes unexpected ways. Read it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.Being a former East End girl it brought back so many fond memories of family life & school days in the late40s/ early 50's. Absorbing & delightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2009
Hopping was delivered well packed and in good time. I have nearly finished it and it is well written and factual re dates of events etc. A good story about something that doesn't happen now. An ex book for anyone interested in Social history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2014
This book, although about people from the eat end of London,brought back happy memories for me as a child. My family went hopping every year,and I loved every minute of it. The hop fields were opposite my primary school and I couldn't wait for school to finish, to go across the road and start picking. Thank you for such a great story .
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on 10 September 2011
'Hopping' is a semi-fictional/social history book describing the ordinary lives of Eastenders before, during and after The Blitz. The characters within this book make it compulsive reading - Daisy 'on the shelf', no chance of romance; her feckless sister who becomes pregnant; Richie, the timid boy who is bullied; Harold, struggling with his sexual feelings - just some of the lives described by McGrath in intricate detail.

Yet hop picking in Kent is such a joyful experience for the city dwellers. They spend their summer holidays working in the fields, living in simple huts, enduring all weathers but enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside. It is back breaking work yet still they choose to come to Kent annually for the 'hopping'. There are some beautiful, evocative, detailed descriptions within this book, but there is an element of factual content which for me, was at times, boring. The author had obviously researched her subject extremely well, but some of these facts, I felt, detracted from the main story. Not an easy read & rather dull at times.

I would recommend it to anyone with Eastend family connections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A really excellent read , my partner had spent many happy summer holidays as a boy , in the hop fields in Kent , so came over all nostalgic for his lost youth! Well written and full of humour and wit , really enjoyable .
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on 3 October 2010
Isn't it amazing that people went on holiday to do hopping and all the hard it work it must have involved. Aren't we spoilt these days ?

This book gives a great insight into a tradition, now mostly gone, of hopping. The annual escape to the countryside and fresh air from smog ridden London. The sense of community and people helping each other out, even in the most harrowing of circumstances. Vivid descriptions of London during the Blitz and how everyone just had to survive, no matter what.

A great story written with great sensitivity and understanding of human nature along with the smell of hops.
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on 8 January 2011
This book kept me reading and reading! It tells of the grinding poverty of the children of London who have never seen green fields in the whole of their lives. It was a very warming tale of children who never leave the poverty or meaness of their environment except for a few weeks in the summer to go to the hop fields and fruit picking of the Kentish Garden.

A very heartwarming story, not to be overlooked as just another poverty tale as it is full of humour and rough kindness well documented about the Hop Pickers of this era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
After reading authors other book Silvertown I wanted to read this one & wasn't disappointed, very true to life as my family was an East End hopping one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
living in Kent good memories of my school days and holidays going to the hop gardens and fruit picking during the war
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