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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910162140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910162149
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are old enough to remember the Sixties and have forgotten it, read this. Imperial Leather, Kathy Kirby, Embassy No. 6. It's all there, and more. If you are a parent, read this and learn what not to do, or what you need to fix. Great pace, funny and sad in turn, it moves with a delightful touch. Like all great reads it ends leaving you wanting more and with a strange sense of loss.
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I enjoyed every minute of this lively tale of growing up in an industrial British town in the 60s. Angela Young paints a vivid and hilarious picture of teenager Maureen, who is desperate to slip the constraints of a fanatical father and become an independent young woman. It's all set against a backdrop of massive social and moral change, and Maureen's parents are completely incapable of dealing with this ... and with her.

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!
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If anyone doubts the vogue for parents being friends with their children, then read Angela Young's stimulating account of growing up with parents incapable of communicating with their daughter. This psychological novel also portrays vividly the class nuances of the early 1960s and how these were challenged by the values of the new youth culture. This is a brilliant account of prejudice in lower middle class Britain. Funny and sad.
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HollowVictory
Angela Young

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.
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I read this book in a day; I couldn't put it down, it kept me hooked with the wry humour.

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....
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This is an enjoyable read. It reflects the huge changes taking place for ordinary people in the 'swing sixties'. There are some laugh out loud moments and some touching ones too as Maureen struggles to meet her family's demands to remain a dutiful daughter and her burning desire to be a 'grown up' and discover the brave new world outside of Gravesend.
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A wonderful account of growing up in the 1960's and all the anxiety that goes with it. Maureen echoes the 'rites of passage' of many teenagers during that time. A thoroughly entertaining and page turning piece.
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