Hollow Victory Paperback – 16 Dec 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
I particularly recommend it to anyone who remembers the period, as I do, or who had parent troubles themselves growing up. It's quite sad in places, but it made me laugh out loud quite a few times, and that is no mean feat!
The Swinging Sixties - Beatlemania, psychedelia, the miniskirt and the sexual revolution - the decade when free love, marijuana and revolution reigned. Well that's the retro take on what happened during the twentieth century's most talked about era. Fifty years on it's hard to separate myth from reality. In much the same way that the Twenties are remembered for their `Bright Young Things' and libertine behaviour, the Sixties similarly evoke a nostalgia for freedoms that the average person rarely, if ever, experienced.
Angela Young's Hollow Victory tells it as it was from the point of view of an ordinary teenager growing up above a pub on the Thames estuary, opposite Tilbury Docks. It's an entertaining read, as humorous as it is thought-provoking. `Gravesend might not have the same ring to it as the King's Road, but at least you can dream...' And that's the point. You had to dream back then. If you were a young woman desperate to get out, meet boys and have fun, being cooped up with your parents felt like a life sentence. Attitudes were slowly changing in the 1960's, but for the `older generation' sex, drugs and rock and roll were corrupting their children. The way girls dressed and behaved courted disapproval from old-fashioned parents like Cyril - as Hollow Victory's protagonist, Maureen Cooke, discovers:
`Maureen chose her new geometric black and white shift dress with a zip all the way up the front and long, wide trumpet sleeves... There had already been rows about hem lengths, but a consensus of two inches above the knee had been agreed. (She) surreptitiously applied white eye shadow framed with heavy duty mascara at the last minute. Jacosia was wearing a skinny-fitting sleeveless sweater and a white crochet knitted skirt.Read more ›
A coming of age tale of a young woman in the 60s whose parents are over-protective against the backdrop of massive social change. Much of which I could relate to with parents who were similarly closed with their emotions. I also very much enjoyed the background family history and the social and cultural references of the day. I cannot wait for the further exploits of Maureen....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really gives an insight to life in the 1960s. Loved every minute of it and it brought back many memories.Published 18 months ago by Jean Hailes
Very good and well writen lots of happy memories as we came from that area.Published 23 months ago by Jennifer fuller
A good read, stirring many memories of my own childhood. Looking forward to the next one what happens to Maureen, will she be the next Bridget Jones?Published 24 months ago by Knitter
A fantastic read, couldn't put the book down, hooked from the start. An excellent new author. I cannot wait for her next book!Published on 9 Mar. 2014 by shopaholic86
A highly entertaining read - very evocative . I love the opening which immediately immerses the reader in Maureen's world. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Discerning reader