When I Was a Nipper
The Way We Were in Disappearing Britain
Alan Titchmarsh looks back to 1950s Britain to see what we can learn for our lives today
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 the Second World War, 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'.
Praise for When I Was a Nipper
A powerfully nostalgic look at a world that is fast receding into history.Press Association
A book to linger over... Richly nostalgic.Choice Magazine
It's a wonderfully observed portrait of a past era that will sweep gran and grandad up in warm and bubbly wave of nostalgia for the good old days.Press Association
Witha treasure trove of classic bygone imagery accompanying the text, this is a delightful read which evokes strong feelings of warmth as it takes the reader by the hand on a saunter through memory lane. A fantastic accomplishment.Radio Times
It's as good as nostalgia gets - a personal look at the way it was in the fifties broadened out to a wider look at society. Recommendedbookbag.co.uk