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When I Was a Nipper: The Way We Were in Disappearing Britain

When I Was a Nipper: The Way We Were in Disappearing Britain

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By (author) Alan Titchmarsh

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 26mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 6 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184990152X
  • ISBN 13: 9781849901529
  • Illustrations note: FULL-COLOUR+B/W PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS, ORIG PHOTOS
  • Sales rank: 127,061

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In When I Was a Nipper Alan Titchmarsh goes on a personal and nostalgic journey through post-War Britain in search of treasured values and traditions that were once the soul of society. With characteristic wit, warmth and humour he draws on the experience of his own childhood, and also takes a broader perspective, creating a wonderfully detailed and evocative portrait of a way of life that is fast disappearing, and asks what can we learn from this era of austerity to make our lives better today? Born in Yorkshire in 1949 and brought up in a Britain still recovering from World War 2, Alan remembers a time of relative calm, when it was enough to return home at night knowing that the house would still be standing. We were known throughout the world for our patience, resourcefulness and resilience. 'Mustn't grumble' was almost a national catchphrase, and queuing was second nature. Peppered with wonderful archive photographs and advertisements, When I Was a Nipper takes us back to those days, down high streets and through farmyards, on to trolley buses and into local pubs. As we move towards a global economy, as communities fragment and customs are lost, When I Was a Nipper captures a world that is fast receding into history. It's powerfully nostalgic for those who remember those days, but it's also Alan's timely call to all recession-hit Brits to heed the lessons of austerity Britain: 'make do and mend'; 'look on the bright side' and 'take the knocks on the chin'.

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Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 gardening books, including: How to be a Gardener: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre; three bestselling autobiographies - Nobbut a Lad, Trowel and Error and Knave of Spades, and a number of bestselling novels. He also writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, the Daily Express and Sunday Express. And well known as a frequent frequent broadcaster, Alan has presented the annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show for BBC for 25 years, he has a weekly programme on BBC Radio 2, and hosts his own daily chatshow on ITV.