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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752450123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752450124
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The author captures the atmosphere and furniture of the Sixties to perfection, even recreating a typical family Christmas of the time. Whether you were a child or an adult in that most eventful decade, this excellent book, with charming black-and-white illustrations, will throw up lots of talking points.' --This England, Summer 2010 issue.

About the Author

Paul Feeney is a writer and part-time business consultant. He has also written a local history of Highgate and A 1950s Childhood: From Tin Baths to Bread and Dripping.


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This book was marvellous. It did exactly what I wanted it to do - took me by the hand all the way down memory lane and back again! I wanted to share it with everyone. Totally suitable for all born in the fifties. I would have liked a few more pictures, but the book was interesting, well researched and I loved every bit of it. I was sad whenit was over.
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This book says that it is aimed at people who were born `in or around' 1960. In fact, it suits better those who, like me, were born in the 1950s and, therefore, old enough to remember things like advertising jingles, pirate radio dancette record players (I tried my hardest to break my sister's.)

Mail came twice as day, milk as delivered to the door, the chimney sweep made a mess, homes were dangerous what with all those electrical gadgets all sourced from one adaptor plug. You made do with one dustbin - little packaging waste - which was empties once per week.

There were mods and rockers and Saturday morning pictures. Also Wimpy Bars and Berni Inns. You could play in the streets, using jump0ers as goal posts though there were lots of street games I didn't know.

Remember Sindy Dolls and Gaytime biscuits? I remember the run up to Bonfire night being more fun the night itself. I also remember the national Anthem at the end of a cinema programme, though I was anti-monarchist enough to leave just before it.

I remember the Parker 51 pen - mine got stolen.

Especially good was the praise of creative teachers who got you through the basics but who also gave time to lots of other stuff and made learning fun. Are you listening, Michael Gove?
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This is a great bit of nostalgia for someone growing up in the 60s, the only downside is when it deteriorates from fun memories to lists of who did/sang what. We can find lists anywhere, the more fun bits are in the narrative that mentions things without descending into list-mania.
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Although I grew up in 1960's Australia, a lot of the the book was relevant to my childhood. We got most of the same TV programs, played the same games, ate the same food,went to the cinema each Saturday, and disappeared after breakfast in the holidays, returning in time for tea. Brought back great memories of childhood in a simpler time.
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This book is a credit to the author, I could not put it down, its a great read for people who grew up in the 50's & 60's. Nothing was left out of this book, the author brought back great memories & really did a great job writing this
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I enjoyed this book although not a "must" read novel I enjoyed remembering many of the influences on my informative years. I shouldn't have been surprised that many were shared by the author, but was! The lists of TV and radio programmes in the book did lead me to suspicions of a cut and paste exercise by the author, to me it didn't read like a personal account of his TV viewing. However, a good, quick read outlining the enormous changes in lifestyle for a youngster growing up in the sixties.
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Despite a few bad reviews on Amazon which I can't agree with, I agree with the vast majority of readers who found this book fascinating, and brought back loads of happy memories from childhood. It arrived yesterday and I didn't want to put it down. Very interesting, yes a few things are mentioned more than once , but so what. It's a lovely book to read, so if you are a child from the 60s do buy it. I liked the "lists" and the "what happened to" part at the end, it just helped to wrap everything up nicely
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Again this book is really great. I read the Children of the 1950's which made me want to buy the next one.
It bought back so many memories i would reccomend ththe books to any age group.
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