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Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood Hardcover – 24 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857522299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857522290
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ross’s vivid evocation of a Seventies childhood ... has great charm. Anyone who grew up in the era of Benny Hill, cheesecloth and Charlie’s Angels will find it irresistible." (Jane Shilling Daily Mail)

"Charged with delicious quirky wit and a joyful celebration of the ordinary, this is an irresistible account of a child's passage towards the adult world." (Rachel Joyce)

"Hippy Dinners is an absolute joy ... It is both sweetly moving and killingly funny." (Horatio Clare)

"Spot on and very funny about desperately wanting to be normal." (Nina Stibbe, Author of Love, Nina)

"Shot through with wit that is at once knife-sharp and full of warmth, HIPPY DINNERS recreates the fragile, half-understood world of childhood with glorious polaroid immediacy. I loved it." (Christopher Wakling)

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Memoir of a childhood 'living the dream' in 1970s Wales. Emma Kennedy (the Tent the Bucket & Me) meets Laurie Lee (Cider with Rosie).

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This is an amusing account from a child's perspective of her experience in the 60's when the family decamp to North Wales for an alternative lifestyle. There's some really funny incidents and encounters among the hippy residents dotted about the Welsh hillside and in the town (which is not identified) . Ultimately there is a denouement of disillusionment partly based on their unhappiness with the infiltration of hard drugs but generally the tone is light, and of course there's no analysis of what was going on beyond being carried along with parents lives as one is as a child.
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Childhood memoirs are often accounts of blighted, unhappy children. And so I began Abbie Ross's book with some trepidation. But within pages I was enchanted.
This is a gentle, funny story of a move to the country (North Wales) in the '70s, told from the perspective of a child who fears the hidden agenda is for the family to join a hippy commune. The story conveys the world of childhood with all its challenges and confusions with sweet, pinpoint accuracy. It is frequently hilarious, often lyrical and Abbie Ross's is a fresh, original voice. I loved this book.
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I loved this book not only for the humorous account of a childhood spent in rural oblivion but for the familiar referencing of an era pre-technology where we "made our own entertainment" as they say. Far from rosy-coloured spectacles, the book is evocative of the powerlessness of youth yet it's promise of the future - and it made me laugh out loud on many
occasions. Thank you Abbie for the "blast into the past" as I'm sure that everyone of the era will relate to many parts of this book.
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This book will reach out to anyone who remembers the awfulness of being embarrassed by parents as a child and the desperation to fit in. However it is hilariously observed and so evocative of the 1970's that it emerges as a very clever historical account that will appeal to every child of that time. Strongly recommend you read this.
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I bought this book to read on my Kindle on holiday, I was chortling away to myself on the beach at times. I had a very similar hippy-ish upbringing in the Cotswolds. The Liquorice sticks and Tahini in the health food shop definitely triggered some flashbacks.....loved the perma-tanned Grandparents too. Great!
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I really loved this book. It's beautifully written with wonderful, humorous descriptions. I giggled my way through, enjoying Abbie's detailed descriptions of her early childhood days. What a special first novel.
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I chose this for our book club read and everyone enjoyed it. It's a funny reminder of the pain and joy of growing up, evokes the beauty of the countryside and raised an interesting debate on freedom to choose one's own path in life. It is beautifully written and I was sad to finish it. I would highly recommend this.
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Funny, warm and leaving you unable to put this book down, Hippy Dinners is a must-read. Told through the eyes of Abbie Ross as a child, she captures each character in a warm, yet hilariously funny way. Her innocence and determination to understand the grown-up world around her is a joy to read. Beautifully written and thoroughly entertaining.
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