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Up West: Voices from the Streets of Post-War London

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Do you remember the West End of London during the 1950s? Did you live or work there? If so, I want to hear from you ...

This was the advertisement author Pip Granger placed in a local newspaper, and the response was immediate. Soon she was hearing from people who recalled what it was like when sweets were rationed; from families who'd been bombed out of their homes during
Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 13th 2009 by Corgi (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tammy Brooke
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is about the west end of London, round soho and surrounding areas.
From ww2 to the 1960's what happened in those years and how it changed in those years,
I enjoyed this book it was nice to visualise what it was like in those year's.
I especially liked the chapters about ww2 and their school days, they really brought it to life.
As i dont live in London and dont know the areas i think people who live there now will appreciate this more.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I picked up this book merely out of curiosity after the words 'war' and 'London' in the title awakened my sleepy history nerd self. This is an easygoing read that's ideal to keep on your coffee table and skim over a anecdote or two every now and then but can't be taken seriously in large doses. While it's cheery enough, the book relies solely on anecdotes from a range of people we never hear anything else about and they're largely remembering their childhoods which makes for quite patchy ...more
Marc Maitland
I really enjoyed reading this book, written about a part of London I know reasonably well, but about an ere before my time. I bought it principally because my father worked in Soho at that time, and I wanted to experience, vicariously, some of what he must have experienced, and some of which he had told me over the years. I was not disappointed.

The two areas which are the subject of this book, Soho and Covent Garden, might be geographical neighbours, but they were and still are very different
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a gem of a book about London in the 50's and 60's, and the people who lived and grew up there, nowadays all cities are interchangable and you have a job to tell one from the other, the heart has been ripped out of many cities and the centre now taken over by admin and finance .The London i knew in the 60's was special and completely different from any other city.It has all changed now and become touristy and the people moved to "new " cities. This is the story of how a melting pot of ...more
Emma Coleman
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed reading and learning all about history of the war etc and different cultures coming to London but I didn't read this whole book as it became a little boring. You could pick this book up and read any chapter as each chapter was different and it wasn't very addictive.
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Interesting to start with but it then became very repetitive so I gave up on it
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Pip Granger was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, in 1947. Her first job was with the City of Westminster, teaching children who had been excluded from school because of emotional and health problems, and she worked as a literacy and special needs teacher in Stoke Newington and Hackney in the 1970s and 1980s. After quitting teaching, she wrote for a while on non-fiction partworks, including My Garden and ...more