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A 1950s Childhood in Pictures: From Tin Baths to Bread and Dripping by [Feeney, Paul]
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"...if you did grow up in the 1950s then you will find this book by Paul Feeney absolutely impossible to put down." --This England Magazine, Summer 2010 edition

Jeni Barnet raved about the book, 'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney, on her weekday afternoon show on LBC Radio (97.3F), "It's like opening up a paper bag of penny chews or sherbet lemons. It's so evocative. It's been dripped over. I've been reading it at every meal." --The Jeni Barnett Show on LBC Radio (97.3F),England, January 22, 2010.

'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney was featured as a good book reading suggestion in Woman's Weekly magazine. --Woman's Weekly Magazine, England, November 10, 2009.

'A 1950s Childhood' by Paul Feeney was the subject of a double-page feature article in the Daily Express newspaper. --Daily Express Newspaper, England, September 26, 2009.

About the Author

Paul Feeney was born in 1948, and therefore grew up during the 1950s. He is now a writer and part-time business consultant. His first book, on the local history of Highgate, was published in 2008.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5166 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079IU06U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 910 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evoked so many wonderful memories of a childhood paralleled by most of the experiences and things mentioned throughout the book. So clearly written and when there was the mention of sweets, food, tv programmes and the radio it was impossible NOT to feel emotional and melancholic. The author has almost given the reader the opportunity to re-live his or her most formative years. When explaining about the 'first day of school' I could remember how empty and alone I felt, something experienced by thousands of young children every year. Also when he gave such vivid descriptions of Christmas and the weeks immediately leading upto the 'big-day' itself I could again remember the strong smell of 'the tree' which has NOT been the case for many a year since trees were treated to stop fronds falling. Simply marvellous.Although now in 'the Autumn' of my life I feel privileged to have lived during the '50s and '60s especially when people were more consciencous, careing and less selfish. They were more willing to help another I think because they had come through a recent war and knew how most people had struggled. OK, things were slower, some things were STILL rationed but we all SEEMED to get on so much better.
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On reading the opening chapter i found myself transported back to a time that is very close to my heart.......Christmas morning 1950 and i was 6 years old yet here i am a 72yr old man not only remembering my childhood but re living Christmas thru the eyes of a child! This amazing account of the 50s completely nails it so ...... Congratulations and many thanks to Paul Feeney from one happy pensioner. Also well done Amazon for their speedy service and well done Pre - Loved Books for selling me the book. I'm off now for a slice of bread and dripping then jumping into me old tin bath!
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It's cheesy. Very cheesy. You might not mind that. It's also very personal: this is a book about the author's childhood first and foremost, so you'll need to go elsewhere if you want to know how things were for, say, kids in the country, or immigrant kids, or kids disabled by polio and other common threats. Other experiences are mentioned: how some kids' nerves got the better of them at exam time; how some families decorated their Christmas trees with real lit candles. But the real strength of this book is as a fond glance back through the 1950s, not as a study of them.

This is at heart a "listen kids, let me tell you how much better it was when I was a lad" story extended over 200 pages. If that idea makes you cringe, you'll probably hate this book. But if you enjoy a bit of rose-tinted nostalgia about the postwar decade, this book is up your street.

It's at its best when the author writes more anecdotally, with specific details scattered throughout that evoke the time period: collecting pennies thrown by pub regulars off on holiday, the excitement of a freezing Christmas morning, the discomfort of a lumpy handmade sock. Having grown up in the 90s, it was often fascinating to see what's changed -- and what has stayed the same. And having read a lot of facts and figures about the 1950s, it's always interesting to get the personal side of the story: someone's own recollection of living through things like rationing, corporal punishment, and the beginning of television.

At its worst, though, the book devolves into flavourless lists of celebrities, sweets, and games. Perhaps these have nostalgic appeal -- I did find myself nodding and smiling at a few of the sweets that were part of my childhood too -- but they mostly seem like padding.
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Just the job for an Oldie like me I laughed all the way through it and my wife thought I was losing it with so many chuckles. All the things he brought up I remember, including going out to play after breakfast and returning at tea time, with your Mum not wondering where you were as you were "Safe" , and tooth brush glass frozen to the window cill in a winters morning.
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Does exactly as it says on the tin!!!
I read this book aloud to a group of people whilst sitting around a swimming pool whilst on holiday.
It brought back a lot of happy (and sometimes sad) memories for the captivated audience!
Also it created a rather lively discussion between young and old guests - The younger generation went home with a different view on what their parents and grandparents had told them.
By the time we all had to leave (after 2weeks of every day narration) I had a very sore throat but glad that I had performed some sort of entertainment for peoples holiday!!!
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I found this book very interesting as I was born in 1944 and can remember vividly life in the 50"s. It was a very exciting time especially if you were a teenager when "Rock and Roll" started. It brought back so many memories for me. An excellent and well researched book. By the way I never ate dripping. Yuck.!
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This is an excellent book if your all nostalgic and like to remember when times were simpler and innocent.it brings back memories of things you may have forgotten about growing up in that era. My mam and dad absolutely loved it because this took them back to their childhoods, and as i grew up in the 70s things had not realy not moved on an awful lot so i can remember and relate to alot of the stuff in this book as well. Its an absolute joy to read, only wish things were more like that nowadays
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