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Jam for Tea by [Murray, Cathy, Murray, C]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1576 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Spurwing (31 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BCQD8HW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read and reviewed Cabbage and Semolina I decided I must buy this book too. My memories and experiences of life in the same era are very similar to these, and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
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This is the second book I have read by this author. I found them really good reads. Having been born in the late thirties I could relate to this time.
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Another lovely trip down memory lane for me. I love the way Cathy brings out the humour in the different situations.
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I've just finished reading jam for tea and really enjoyed it as it brought back so many memories
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'Jam for Tea' is a touching, funny and affectionate look at the author's childhood in the 1950s and '60s. It follows on from 'Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood' and takes us right up to the point where Cathy Murray is a qualified primary school teacher and is, in her own words, 'on the cusp of some of the best experiences of my life'.
We learn where Cathy was when JFK was assassinated, how she tried to subdue her naturally curly hair with sellotape in an effort to copy Twiggy's hairstyle and of the fun she had on her trip to Wales with the Girl Guides even though conditions were fairly basic. Cathy tells us about her holiday jobs, why we might want to follow her example of never sending food back to the kitchen in a restaurant and reveals why the book is called 'Jam for Tea' (hint: there is a canine influence).
One of my favourite reminiscences has to be the story of Cathy's mother attending a wedding reception wearing a dress made out of the new one hundred per cent man-made fabric, Crimplene. In the crowd, her mother was pushed against a heater then spent the rest of the evening with her back turned away from the other guests so that no one would see the large brown scorch mark on her bottom!
There are charming glimpses of the future too, for example the vignette of Cathy and her father dressed up in their wedding outfits, playing piano duets at home while waiting for the ancient Bentley to arrive and take them to Cathy's wedding. These hints of what is to come whet our appetite for the next installment of Cathy's life story. More please, Cathy!
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I grew up in a different part of England to the author, but her experiences match closely with my own recollections. My family was also virtually teetotal except at Christmas, when we had a bottle of cream sherry (for guests); sweet Sauternes with Christmas dinner (unchilled, for we had no fridge); and a bottle of something called Burgoyne's Australian Burgundy (which tasted like port). No spirits were ever kept in the house. Also, we never kept sweets in the house except during the festive season, when there was a big tin of Quality Street available - though my brothers and I were not allowed to help ourselves without permission.

I have no doubt that children of today will look back on their own childhood fifty years from now with similar nostalgia!
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I really enjoyed this as I was born in1957 Would highly recommend as a good easy read.Very enjoyable as was her previous book
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Delightful reminisces of the “Swinging Sixties”, a decade now famed for ushering in a cultural revolution. The author has a gift for dovetailing events of international significance with the minutia of everyday life: From the surreal excitement of watching men walk on the moon to the childish delight of opening a new packet of tea in anticipation that the free card inside might be the one to complete a collection, all combine to paint a vivid picture of Britain in the sixties. An enchanting stroll down memory lane for those who were there, a fascinating insight for those who were born too late of what they missed!
The title “Jam for Tea” becomes even more appropriate when a sweet little back story is revealed and this spirit of fun shines throughout this short but very enjoyable memoir.
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