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on 3 June 2013
A great snapshot of what life was like in the 1950s and how the Coronation impacted on the nation, Written by Jane Hampton who seems to have a gift in delivery the facts in a very interesting way, as proved by her other books on the Olympics and Girl Guides. Highly recommended if you want that extra insight into this period and the Coronation.
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on 11 July 2013
an interesting collection of facts surrounding the events of the coronation in 1953. However, the information about "the heavily pregnant 24 year old Margaret Thatcher, and how she saw the procession, needs revising. Margaret Thatcher was the same age as the Queen, her senior by only a few months, and as the Queen was 27 years old by June 2 1953, Margaret Thatcher must also have been more than 24 years old!
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on 9 July 2013
Nice to be gently reminded of how things were in the "good old days" but failed to capture the excitement and the manner in which everyone became heartily involved. There were no churlish dissenting factions, as there were for the Diamond Jubilee, despite the fact that the average Brit was far worse off in the post-war period than in the current "hard times". Accounts of the way in which hardy spectators braved the awful overnight weather for a glimpse of the Queen and the procession were very good.
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on 30 May 2013
I took advantage of the free preview to decide whether to buy it. It purports to focus on 1953 but in the first few pages there were three irritating errors. All London trams had ceased running in 1952; and teddy boys dancing to roll and roll, and John Betjeman's poem Middlesex are all post 1953. I might still buy it because the style is pleasant, but not for historical accuracy. It is rather like reading a book about the Titanic and being told that the First World War was raging at the same time.
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on 5 June 2013
This book is a time machine that takes you back into a world so many people today don't understand or don't know much about. I love the detailed account portraying a country and its Queen - the beginning of a relationship.
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on 10 June 2013
Super book at a bargain price. Brilliant account of post war Britain and lots of memorable things for anyone born after the war. Janie's Austerity Olympics is brilliant too.
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on 17 June 2013
Interesting history into Coronation,aide memoir of 60 years ago.
Retained as special memory of the events at the time. Good!!
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on 7 July 2013
This is one book I certainly would NOT buy. It would appear that the author has trawled through magazines and old newspapers for details and comments by one person after another - an extremely dull read.
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on 28 June 2013
A bit predictable and nothing much that was new but most enjoyable and a good memento of a special time
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on 19 June 2013
being an 84 year old I appreciated this book it brought back a lot of old and happy memories to me
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