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. Illustrated throughout with over 200 wonderful archive photographs, 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’.