As part of the BritMums Summer reads book club I was sent a copy of Hippy Dinners by Abbie Cross.
About Hippy Dinners
In 1972 Abbie Ross’s ‘alternative’ parents move the family from a London town house to farmhouse in rural North Wales. With visits from her Liverpudlian grandparents, who bring presents and their modern ways, they don’t warm to Abbie’s parents rustic living. Abbie and her younger sister have a free range and unplugged childhood, making dens, roaming from their friends houses and exploring the Welsh countryside.
As a child of the 70’s and 80’s myself there were so many references I could relate to from my own childhood.Like watching the T.V shows John Craven, CHiPS and Benny Hill, eating Findus Crispy pancakes and playing with Sindy dolls.It made realise how much simpler life was and inventive we were at creating our own fun.Hippy Dinners echoed the kind of childhood I’m trying to give my kids, including force feeding them lentils and hummus.The book had me laugh out in loud in places, and cry when I read the final chapter.It got me thinking to how we spent our Summer holidays, so I’ll be writing a separate post in a couple of days.
Highlights for me were Abbie’s sisters nursing skills with a spud gun, her toilet incident in the hippy commune and friends reaction to her tan.The book had me gripped for two days, whilst I ignored the housework and let my kids watch as much telly as they wanted just so I could finish it.I can’t help thinking what became of Abbie’s friends once I finished reading Hippy Dinners, I wonder how many tales they could tell about the author? I was utterly enthralled with the book, a total joy to read whether you grew up during 1970’s or not.
Linked up to Chantelle of Mama, Mummy, Mum’s read with me
— Aly Hodge (@BugBirdBee) July 26, 2015
About the Abbie Ross:
Abbie Ross moved from London to North Wales aged two and lived there until her family moved to West Gloucestershire when she was twelve. She has a Psychology degree from Cardiff University and worked for Aardman Animations as a senior commercial producer. She lives in Bristol with her husband and children and is working on a novel.