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Summary

Despite the struggle to make ends meet during the tough years of warfare in the 1940s and rationing persisting until the early 1950s, life could still be sweet. Especially if you were a young boy, playing football with your pals, saving up to go to the movies at the weekend, and being captivated by the latest escapade of Dick Barton on the radio.

Chocolate might be scarce, and bananas would be a pipe dream, but you could still have fun. In an excellent social memoir from one of the UK's premier columnists over the past five decades, Hunter Davies captures this period beautifully. His memoir of growing up in post-war North of England from 1945 onwards, amid the immense damage wrought by the Second World War, and the dreariness of life on rationing, very little luxuries and an archaic educational system, should be one that will resonate with thousands of listeners across Britain.

In the same vein as Robert Douglas's Night Song of the Last Tram - A Glasgow Childhood and Alan Johnson'sThis Boy, Hunter's memories of a hard life laced with glorious moments of colour and emotion will certainly strike a vein with his generation.

©2017 Hunter Davies (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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Very listenable and thoroughly enjoyable! Waiting for the post 1960 sequel. 10 out of 10.

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Enjoyable for a 50s born person

I learned a lot about 50s Carlisle which is one of my later life places. I enjoyed this very much but I am not sure someone with no knowledge of the far north west of England would get much from it.

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  • 02-05-18

The book was good

I liked the book but found the voice irritating was finding it hard to stay awake.

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