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Growing Up in Post-War Britain

Who was the best-selling singles artist of 1967? Not the Beatles, the Stones, the Who or the Beach Boys. It was Engelbert Humperdink. And the best-selling album that year?
Sergeant Pepper came sixth, out-sold by the Monkees, Herb Alpert's Tijhuana Brass, and the soundtrack from The Sound of Music.
The reality of the sixties often fails to live up to the hype. Very few young Brits were tripping on acid, demonstrating in Grosvenor Square, or battling among the Mods and Rockers on the beach at Brighton. Peter Saunders certainly wasn't. He was too busy worrying whether he was ever going to lose his virginity.
In this unique book, Saunders - now a professional sociologist - blends research findings with personal anecdotes to paint a picture of what life was really like for youngsters growing up in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Drawing on his own experiences, he examines the impact on people's lives of the dramatic shifts which were occurring at that time in family life, education, sexual behaviour, law and order and personal liberties.
Along the way, he also finds time to ask how to make a box cart, where Bob-A-Job Week went, why there are no British-owned volume car makers any more, how many mums have their babies at home nowadays, and what the hell happened to Bonfire Night.

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