- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: The Friday Project (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906321450
- ISBN-13: 978-1906321451
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great British Tuck Shop Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012
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‘A magisterial work of social history’ OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY
‘A must-buy for sweet-eaters everywhere’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘The history of our favourite retro sweets’ THE SUN
‘A book which is all kinds of amazing.’ ALEXIS PETRIDIS
About the Author
Steve and Phil were founder members of the TV Cream nostalgia website and have written several books on popular culture. They know lots about stuff from the 70s and 80s.
Top Customer Reviews
Steve Berry's previous book of nostalgia, "TV Cream Toys: Presents You Pestered Your Parents for", was wonderful, although more of a picture book than something you could read, but this book has clearly been a labour of love. Yes there are lots of pictures of sweets, wrappers, bags, lollies, cans, old advertisements from magazines, stills from TV ads and so on, but the books is surprisingly thick - almost 400 pages in total - and there is a lot to read! Divided into themed sections (chocolate, crisps & snacks, drinks, sweets and so on) each is then subdivided into shorter pieces, so for example in the part devoted to chocolate there are segments on bagged chocolates (Buttons, Maltesers, Minstrels...), sharing bars (Dairy Milk, Galaxy...), individual bars (Mars, Milky Way...), fingers (Twix, Drifter, Time Out...) and so on. As a book it is always interesting to read, often very funny, sometimes rather emotional, and I loved it all.
Not everything is covered, and you are bound to find some items aren't mentioned (I was hoping to find a mention of a bar called "One Two" I remember - kind of like a Twix but with each finger wrapped individually, and separated by perforations so you could share them or eat one now and have the other later, but it wasn't there) or they are mentioned but not pictured, but you'll find yourself grinning as you remember the brands you enjoyed so much, and craving one more taste. It's a shame that there also isn't an index - the "periodic table" idea inside the covers is fun but not that helpful really.
A wonderful piece of nostalgia for any child of the 70s or 80s.
The brilliant thing is not so much reading about the stuff you remember, but the products you'd forgotten ever existed in the first place - Cadbury's Gambit, Trebor Double Agents and KP Sky Divers are all granted one final moment in the sun, not to mention the Wall's, er, Kinky. Even Fry's Five-Centres is here in all its decadent glory. Full of evocative images, wrappers, adverts and promotional material (and if the promise of a massive picture of Derek Griffiths shilling for Vimto doesn't reel you in, nothing will), The Great British Tuck Shop is an essential purchase for anyone who's spent an evening in the pub attempting to remember all the words to the "can't resist 'em..." advert for Cadbury's Creme Eggs.
Actually, I think I will...
But that's beside the point. What makes this such an outstanding book is the fact that it's been very thoroughly researched, uses beautifully crafted dialogue that rolls off the tongue and reawakens more forgotten memories than you can shake a Curly Wurly at.
If you were a kid in the 70's and 80's, you'll really love this book. All those trips to the local corner shop on the way to or from school will come readily to mind once again as you remember all those brand names that made life great back then. And there are dozens and dozens of them in this book, so do yourself a favour and buy it. You'll be totally glad you did.
This is, quite simply, beautiful. It manages to capture the very essence of what being a child in Britain in the 70s and 80s was all about - stuffing your face full of sweets at every possible opportunity. But what sweets they were! The front cover alone has sent me on a hundred different trips down a variety of Memory Lanes. Most of them seem to take a detour via the dentist but that's the price you have to pay for having a nostalgic sweet tooth I suppose.
I must confess, I have never sat down and actually read more than a few pages of this book in one go, any more than I would do with one of those aforementioned top-shelf publications (of the sort that I know nothing whatsoever about, you understand). And the reason is the same - well, sort of; It's all about the pictures. 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' could have been printed alongside them, I don't think I would really notice. I have tried to read this as a proper book but I really do find it almost impossible. That is no insult to the writing style of the authors either, because that is both factual and humorous. My lack of reading discipline is more of a compliment to their wisdom in devoting so much of this work to so many truly evocative illustrations. If you want more information, it's there. But if you just want to wallow in some decidedly rose-tinted shades of nostalgia, all you really need are these pictures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book within a day, a true page turner.
Being a child of the 70's/80's most of the sweets, crisps, snacks, drinks and ice creams are very familiar to me. Read more
What a marvellous book to take a trip down memory lane with.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love most books about Food History and although this is not a academic book, I'm still thoroughly enjoying it. It's a trip down Memory Lane for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna Bateman
A great history of all those childhood treats, many of which are no longer with us! Quite a surprise of how many were created in my home town. Read morePublished 6 months ago by archiefax