Wednesday 26 August 2015

Hippy Dinners Book Review

I finally got around to joining Britmums book club, hooray. This months chosen book was Hippy Dinners by Abbie Ross, her memories from a rural childhood….

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In 1972 Abbie ross's cosmopolitan parents move the family rom Lodon to rural North Wales, exchanging a town house in Islington for a remote farmhouse on a hill. Abbie's Liverpudlian grandparents - dedicated followers of Liberace, sleek in scented mohair and patent leather - are sure tey've lost their minds.  For Abbie, though, the only cloud on the horizon is the nearby hippy commune and its inhabitants. There are worrying signs that this is the sort of 'better life' that her parents have in mind.

Going through the 70s and 80s eras, Abbie's memoirs of growing up will certainly evoke plenty of childhood memories for others who were also children or even adults at this time.

Being born in the late 80s I don't think I related to the story as much as others will but I certainly remember certain things that my parents have mentioned to me in the past.

The whole book even if you aren't prompted to remember things is highly entertaining and enchanting. There is no doubt in my mind that you will find yourself laughing out loud at certain phrases

"Phillip was 'intoverted', that's what his mother Olive said, which my sister told me meant his winkle was inside out."

It is a really heart warming tale that shows the innocence of a child, the things they see as horrific that are not so bad but I mean what child doesn't want to cover their eyes at some of the things their parents get up to.

I think we all have an idea in our head when we are younger as to how we want our parents to be, you know normal, cool like your best mates parents, less embarrassing!!

Even though all true, this doesn't come across as boring and mundane like some novels can, to me it is a great coming of age tale that many can relate to, irresitably funny and a joy to read.


Disclaimer : I was sent this book by Britmums as part of their book club however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. What a nice write-up. I love coming of age books from a female perspective. Thanks for being part of the BritMums Book Club!

  2. this book really evoked lots of memories for me too and so many funny parts - the rest of the family kept looking at me as i burst out laughing at the funny sections. x

  3. Totally agree - it is a joy to read! I laughed out loud a lot whilst reading it x


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