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Pie 'n' Mash and Prefabs

A 1950s Childhood

Pie 'n' Mash and Prefabs by Norman Jacobs
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The Blitz had made many families in the East End of London homeless. One solution was to erect prefabs on fields and open spaces to give temporary accommodation to those who had been bombed out. It was in one of these "modern" boxes that young Norman Jacobs grew up through the 1950s and 1960s. In a lively, detailed, and humorous picture of a postwar Hackney childhood, Norman takes us back to an age of rationing, bomb sites, street markets, colorful characters, and camaraderie. And in reminiscing about stodgy school food, jumpers for goalposts, Listen with Mother, greyhound racing, pie 'n' mash, holiday camps, and the advent of American-style burger bars, he provides a glimpse into a way of life that has vanished forever. Set against a backdrop of Rock 'n' Roll, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the assassination of President Kennedy, funny, poignant, and sometimes sad, Norman's is a story full of innocence and happiness that will take you back to the best of times—the days we thought would never end.
John Blake; June 2015
240 pages; ISBN 9781784183578
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Title: Pie 'n' Mash and Prefabs
Author: Norman Jacobs