Pie 'n' Mash and Prefabs: A 1950s Childhood
When the Blitz raged across London, razing the East Endto the ground, prefab homes were erected to house wholefamilies. It was in one of these 'space-age' 1950s boxesthat Norman Jacobs grew up.
In this story of a post-war East End childhood, Norman recounts playing football around bombsites, seeing rationing give way to lashings of pie 'n' mash - and experiencing American burger bars and rock 'n' roll exploding into London life, sweeping aside greyhound racing and Listen with Mother.
Set against a backdrop of Rock 'n' Roll, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy, funny, poignant and sometimes sad, Norman's is a story full of innocence and happiness that will take you back to the best of times - the days we thought would never end.