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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Review - Steve Humphries, Joanna Mack and Robert Perks: A Century of Childhood

Steve Humphries, Joanna Mack and Robert Perks: A Century of Childhood
Steve Humphries, Joanna Mack and Robert Perks
A Century of Childhood (3*)

Based on a 1988 Channel 4 television series, this is a fascinating look at the changing nature of childhood over the last hundred years from when, basically, we had no childhood because we had to work as soon as we were able, to the child-centred world of today. It is unlikely any of us would have been writing blogs or the equivalent had we grown up sixty or seventy years earlier.

The book contains wonderful photographs and first-hand accounts. I wondered whether to give it four stars, but the material is probably better on TV than in a book.

Key to star ratings: 5* would read over and over again, 4* enjoyed it a lot and would recommend, 3* enjoyable/interesting, 2* didn't enjoy, 1* gave up.

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