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All in the Best Possible Taste: Growing Up Watching Telly in the Eighties Kindle Edition
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Now, I'm three quarters through it (yes, I don't get to read it often!) and it's still brilliant.... The author surely did a lot of research as if he remembers some of that detail in his head, he REALLY needs to get out more :-) It's hysterical, witty and nostalgic in equal measures. I feel like we might have been friends in the 80s !
OK, I'm being unfair. Just like `I love the 80s', `All in the Best Possible Taste' was clearly intended as a bit of fun, and not high art, and that's what it is. If you enjoyed that sort of nostalgia-fest, there's a fair chance you'll enjoy this too.
But it does suffer from three problems. Firstly, I'm afraid to say it's not actually that funny. A lot of the humour involves rather heavy handed riffs on what a lot has changed in 30 years. `Can you believe we only had three TV channels!?! I mean, less than four?!!?! Until Channel 4 of course. And we didn't know what a mobile phone was??! Isn't that amazing!?!! And did I mention the shoulder pads??!' Given that the book is subtitled `Growing Up Watching TV in the 80s', there's very little here about the growing up bit.Read more ›
A recommended read.
What a stroke of luck finding a book about telly. Booky people are often quite snooty about it, apart from the ones who earn bundles in both, so I found this a really refreshing read. I laughed out loud a lot. The 80s was actually the decade when I watched the least TV in my life. I left school at the beginning and was married and a mother by the end. Still I found much to be nostalgic about and also picked up some tips on what I missed.
I loved the child's eye view and insight on family life in the good old days when homes had one TV and everyone called it a 'set'. I was reminded of so many family TV moments shared, like in the seventies, and how everything was discussed at school the next day. I like how the author grew up alongside television itself -- there was much more to learn about the changes than the number of channels. This is a social commentary on the decade too with the history of the decade and how it was viewed.
One to keep. I would read it again but there's quite a lot of factoids so could be handy in a family argument.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Book, it reminded me of so many old shows. Well worth a read. Look forward to the 90's!Published 22 months ago by Lincoln Hawks
Excellent review of the period,written with some amusing wit,would certainly look for other books by this authorPublished 23 months ago by Kernow Blue
I loved this - fresh, funny and informative without feeling like either a self-conscious 'memoir' or a history book.Published 23 months ago by Ms S J Lawrence
A very easy read this. Packed with nostalgia - it promises nothing more than what it says (and shows) on the cover. It's not merely a brainstorming of "Do you remember this.... Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by Tim Watkins
A great read for all children of the eighties. Really easy to read, I rattled through it pretty quickly. Really enjoyed it.Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Kentishbookworm
This is an odd one - and I'm tempted to suggest that's odd in a bad way, not odd in an interesting one - All In The Best Possible Taste is neither a full enough memoir of growing... Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2010 by Apollo 11
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