Bombsites and Lollipops: My 1950s East End Childhood

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John Blake, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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World War Two is finally over. Millions all over the country are starting to wonder if peacetime really is much of an improvement on the War. Food shortages, endless queues, power cuts, rationing, and freezing winters make it extremely difficult to make ends meet as husbands return from battlefields to families they hardly know. Yet some East Enders are living large—in a bombed out damp and squalid Hackney slum, one family are leading a life of luxury, a world funded by illegal betting, where virtually everything is available, thanks to a thriving black market. The Hyams family has a retinue of unofficial servants: a chauffeur, a cleaner and an army of delivery men. They take seaside holidays in posh hotels and dine on the finest foods and delicacies money can buy—but at the core of their daily life, an ever-growing nightmare lurks, threatening to wreck their luxurious existence. In this honest and sincere memoir, Jacky Hyams revisits the "live for today" world of her childhood, a world where money was no object, growing up in a household underpinned by betting, booze, and bribes.

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Very readable.

User Review  - Maxwells mum - Tesco

Having been born and raised at this time, a lot rings true and brings back memories. Thankfully I was not raised in such a family, but by working parents living on a council estate in Wales. Mum not ... Read full review

Excellant book. took me back to my childhood.

User Review  - Pop71 - Tesco

Am happy that I bought this book as it reminded me of my childhood at that time in the late forties and early fifties. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jacky Hyams is a London-based journalist and non fiction author who has written extensively, on a wide range of topics, for many of the leading mass market newspapers and magazines in the UK and Australia for several years.

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