Despite struggles with money and rationing, life could still be sweet for a young boy – playing football, saving up for films, being captivated by BBC radio’s Dick Barton. Chocolate might be scarce and bananas a dream, but you could still have fun. This work offers a picture of the original Austerity Britain, capturing a hard life laced with glorious moments of colour and emotion.
Hunter Davies was born in Scotland, raised in Carlisle, educated at Durham University and lives in London and Cumbria. He writes for the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, among others. He has authored over 50 books.
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