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Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood by [Murray, Cathy, Murray, C]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Spurwing (6 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UDHAP5A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a nice book this is! I, too, lived and grew up in the 50's in West Yorkshire, although not in Wakefield area - but the memories Cathy has and mine are almost identical. We all had such freedom to play out back in those days and my children never knew that innocent time where our mums let us play to our hearts content, no one would EVER have hurt us, it was nigh on never heard of that children got abducted, or worse. It's so sad those days are gone, and instead of using their imaginations to make up games to play outside today's children sit glued to TV or computers or play on a console the type of killing games our parents would consider TOTALLY unsuitable for we children, and rightly so, not good.
Well done to you for writing this and awakening memories of my childhood, I wish the freedom we had was still here!
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What a lovely book to read. I am of this generation but was born in London but my memories are very similar to Cathy's. Made me remember so many lovely memories that have been hiding at the back of my mind and now are being brought to the front and can be relayed to my family.. Looking forward to reading the next book.
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Not particularly well written but very reminiscent of my own childhood.
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Very good nostalgic read but extremely short.
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I loved this book. It brought back so many memories of my childhood - some things I'd even forgotten about until I read the book. I could identify with just about everything. Right down from the tinned salmon Sunday tea to Santa's Grotto in Lewis's (I'm a Leeds lass!). My dad was also based near Freetown in Sierra Leone during the war just like Cathy's dad but mine was in the RAF and serviced the planes. Very well written book which I couldn't put down.
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A delightful and entertaining read, written with affection and humour. Cabbage and Semolina held a particular fascination for me because, although I'm a few years younger (not many!), I share many of the author's childhood experiences, not least a love of Pookie the flying rabbit! Then there was the baby doll 'Rosebud' (mine was called Rose), looped knicker elastic garters, cod liver oil (the taste has never left me!), the smell of gas at the dentist and tinned salmon for tea, to name but a few.

The way the memories are set out under different headings is an inspired idea as it shows a clever but simple, ordered and effective method which any one of us might use to record our own precious recollections for the benefit of generations to come. Absolutely brilliant! I loved it!
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Cathy Murray's easy conversational prose tells of her happy childhood in the fascinating fifties - shadowed by the war and the heavy cost paid by the nation, but looking forward to a modern age. We get glimpses of an earlier long-vanished world too as she remembers her grandfather telling her how he went to work in the mines at the tender age of twelve and showing her the field where the pit ponies had their two weeks annual 'holiday' above ground.

The author looks with the eyes of a child, quite rightly starting with school dinners, for food is children's main preoccupation, as anyone will tell you, and she also has periods of reflection when she observes through her adult eyes.

I particularly enjoyed reading about Miss Heaps, the rather formidable piano teacher, and how she managed to get a hundred per cent pass rate by ridding herself of the weaker pupils - a practice not generally encouraged today!

How times have changed we think as we read about liberty bodices, pens being dipped into ink bottles at school, 'Listen with Mother' on the wireless, pre-decimal money and the early days of the NHS, but we also realise that some things never change when we read the delightful descriptions of children playing with whatever comes to hand (the Geiger counter!) and having fun whatever the circumstances.

Cathy has described an ordinary childhood in 'Cabbage and Semolina', and in doing so, has made it extra-ordinary.
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I really enjoyed the memories this book evoked. My hubby and I dredged up many family war stories and tales of old houses. With outside lavvies n donkey stones steps. lack leaded grates and no electric in the kitchen. To the wireless, that wasn't and the telly that was the size of a tea chest.
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