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Turn Back Time: The High Street - 100 Years of British Life Through the Shop Window

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BBC One brought the story of the great British high street to life in a series in whichfive modern-day shopkeepers and their families were challengedto run their shops exactly as they would have been run in six key eras of British history, from the 1870s to the 1970s.This book accompanies the television series, telling the remarkable story of how the rise and fall of the h
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Quercus Publishing Plc (first published October 28th 2010)
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This is not the first time I have expressed my regret at not knowing more about what my school used to called "modern" history. That regret linked to televisions simplified look at the subject made the TV series and this accompanying book fascinating to me. Living in a market town does bring a lot of the details in to focus for me and it gives a new depth to the stories I hear from my parents and their friends.

The book however is more than just a companion it provides more information and facts
I really enjoyed the TV series of Turn Back Time, I know it's a cliché but it genuinely brought history to life, and the book provides some very interesting background to accompany the series.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the Victorian high street, back when the retail trade required real hands-on skills and knowledge, such as learning to blend teas and make cheese and butter from scratch.
I also liked the chapter on the wartime high street, the 'Dig for Victory' campaigns and the 'make
A good popular history of the British High Street. Easy to read and very interesting.
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