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By: Susan Bastone

Coronation Baby

Pages: 148 Ratings: 4.0
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Born within weeks of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Susie’s memoir tells a story of the fast-changing times: from her childhood in post-war Britain, through the horror of Kennedy’s assassination and the Cold War to the battles between trade unions and government in the early 1970s.  Highlighting changing attitudes and the breaking down of respectful society, her personal story is intertwined with the politics and events of the world at large.

For ordinary people, the grey world of the 1950s gave way to the colour and excitement of the 1960s. Television programmes began to reflect the social changes and attitudes of the times, bringing controversy, political scandal and realism into our living rooms. The trials, tribulations and excitement of being one of the first ‘teenagers’ is told with a striking honesty which allows the reader to elate in the author’s joys and share in her challenges.

Despite the changing times, the strict bonds of society were still in place for many young people, and suburban life and leisure were little changed. School, church and seaside holidays formed the backbone of most children’s lives. Those born in the 1950s, growing up in the ’60s and early ’70s enjoyed a golden age of opportunity, social mobility and optimism and believed in the power of society and the Welfare State.

Whether you were there or not, this story will bring to life that ‘golden age’ of British history.

Susan Bastone has been an avid reader and writer all her life. She spent most of her childhood gazing out of windows or with her head in a book. A love of history led her to research her family and the local and social history of her times, and a lifetime of writing: journals, poetry, articles and blogs, inspired her to write her own story.

As a school librarian, she passed on her passion for reading and writing to generations of children and has been instrumental in setting up literacy projects and awards for young people. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, two cats and an awful lot of books. 

Customer Reviews
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  • Janet G.

    Coronation Baby is a personal story that brings the history of the times to life. Chapter themes like "The Good Life", "Never had it so Good" and "She's Leaving Home, Bye Bye" will resonate with those that were there, and intrigue those that weren't. Engaging and informative and written with a lightness of touch, Coronation Baby is an honest blend of personal and social history. While not shying away from some of the difficulties of family life, it's written with an obvious affection for family and friends. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Jenn Ormerod

    This memoir by Sue Bastone was as good as watching a cine film of the period! Images and sounds leapt from the page causing memories to stir in the heart and mind of this, also, Coronation Baby. Who knew there would be someone else who bought Concrete and Clay ( Unit4+2) or who rated Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross as a defining theme of the time? Pick it up and greedily devour it in one sitting and be transported. It’s all there … Mivvie ice lollies, parental curfews, teas with best friends, school humiliation, tragic loss and nuggets of joy, determination and hope!

  • Merrin

    A delightful and nostalgic ramble through the fifties and sixties. Sue takes us with her as she grows up during her revolutionary years from a prim, curious, grammar-school girl in the fifties to a sexually aware, argumentative teenager in the sixties. She tells us about her first job in an exciting career, her friends, the pill, love and marriage (which is still going strong).

    A wonderful read.

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