A 1970s childhood was, for many, a life of happy-go-lucky freedom set against a soundtrack of pop music played on a transistor radio dangling from the handlebars of a Raleigh Chopper. It was a playground battlefield of Sindy versus Action Man or a dexterous display of how to handle Clackers without painfully rapping them across the knuckles. After-school television meant a choice of `Blue Peter' or `Magpie', while chewing on an Aztec chocolate bar and flicking through Shoot or Jackie magazine. Yet it was also a decade of strikes, the three-day week and the Winter of Discontent which passed most children by unless a power cut meant no television. This fully illustrated book is a celebration of that childhood, its highs, lows and scraped knees, that will readily bring back the forgotten memories of a generation that grew up without mobile phones, the internet and 24-hour shopping.
Liza Hollinghurst, herself a child of the 1970s, has had over thirty magazine articles published since 2013, specialising in twentieth-century social history and vintage lifestyle. Liza's first book, Vintage Knitting, was published by Shire in 2015.
Introduction Welcome Home: Family Life The Best Days of Your Life: School Extra Helpings: Food and Drink Running Free: Recreation Page-Turners: Books and Magazines Switched on: Television The Beat Goes On: Popular Music You Wear it Well: Fashion Epilogue Further Reading Image Acknowledgements Places to Visit Index