What the Grown-ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia

What the Grown-ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia

Michele Hanson


Michele Hanson grew up an 'oddball tomboy unhappiness' in a Jewish kin in Ruislip within the Nineteen Fifties - a suburban Metroland idyll of neat lawns, bridge events and Martini socials. but this shopfront of respectability masked a mess of anxieties and salacious goings-on. used to be Shirley's mom quite having an affair with the guy from the carpet store? Did chatterbox Dora Colborne harbour unspeakable wishes for Michele's sulky dad? Whose Battenburg cake was once the easiest? an environment of excessive competition prevails, with Michele's mum suspicious of her non-Jewish neighbour's own behavior, and Michele very cautious of kid's video games like 'Doctors and Nurses' that may deliver bottoms into the equation. And with glamorous, scheming Auntie Celia swanning round in silk attire difficult realization, Michele has much to deal with. basically the once a year vacation trips to the south of France relieve the strain. This hilarious and beautifully evocative memoir charts Michele's formative years and coming of age in a Britain that used to be rising from post-war austerity into the times of 'you've by no means had it so good'. it's a characterful and affectionate examine a manner of British existence lengthy considering that disappeared yet one for which we proceed to carry large affection.

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