- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847378536
- ISBN-13: 978-1847378538
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All in the Best Possible Taste: Growing Up Watching Telly in the Eighties Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
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`An engaging primer for 1980s TV which will have you stacking up a whole new YouTube play list' --Metro
`Good fun . . . Bromley makes an entertaining guide' --Daily Mail, Book of the week
`An enjoyable slice of nostalgia' --Choice
About the Author
Tom Bromley is the author of We Could Have Been the Wombles, two music-related novels, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Half a World Away, and co-author of Rock and Pop Elevens. He lives in Salisbury. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll give the author his due, it's a nice idea to tell the tale of one's youth via their TV tastes, but in order for that remit to work there has to be some story there to read. But Bromley's autobiography is hardly present (unless he did absolutely nothing between TV shows) and the TV analysis side of the outing is so utterly (and frustratingly) threadbare that you end up feeling less like you're actually reading a book than merely taking your eyes for a walk. There's no brain feed on offer, no decent laughs; just that sinking, sullied feeling akin to the guilt of having just wolfed a Big Mac.
Granted, I wasn't expecting, nor looking for, Open University here, but neither was I looking to get fudged over by a barely concealed lesson in nostalgia-hued exploitation. To me, Bromley's ode to the cathode reads more like the frustrated scripting of a wannabe, touting yet another no-brainer TV nostalgia clip-show; one that gets rejected even by Five. For the puns are sub-tabloid, the choice is utterly pedestrian, and the hurt is finally rammed home by an author that feels it more important (like some drunken mate) to endlessly describe the very thing you're seeing (or once saw in the TV shows in question) than actually provide some kind of helpful context or background information.Read more ›
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
Loved it! The "television" emphasis in the title doesn't do it justice, it's so much more than that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NotTreadingGrapes
A very entertaining holiday read. I particularly enjoyed the four or so pages devoted to Bullseye, surely the greatest of all appalling gameshows which even now are compulsive... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Reynolds
I'm only halfway through but loving it so far... Very witty ( e.g. "Buck Rogers found himself in 2449 but fortunately for him, it was during a late 20th Century fashion... Read morePublished 14 months ago by A Customer
Really good book that brings back memories of all the shows from the early mid 80's, as well as snippets from the authors time growing up in these years and wittily written. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. N. Other
Great Book, it reminded me of so many old shows. Well worth a read. Look forward to the 90's!Published on 6 Oct. 2014 by Lincoln Hawks
Excellent review of the period,written with some amusing wit,would certainly look for other books by this authorPublished on 3 Oct. 2014 by Kernow Blue
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