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To a shy little girl, born in the 1950s, the world was sometimes a scary and bewildering place. Often frightened of her own shadow, little Sandra quickly discovers that her peers can sometimes be hurtful, and that grown-ups aren’t always polite and kind. This gentle, often-humorous story of approximately 44,000 words, takes you from her birth in a grimy mill town, to her j To a shy little girl, born in the 1950s, the world was sometimes a scary and bewildering place. Often frightened of her own shadow, little Sandra quickly discovers that her peers can sometimes be hurtful, and that grown-ups aren’t always polite and kind. This gentle, often-humorous story of approximately 44,000 words, takes you from her birth in a grimy mill town, to her junior school days by the sea - when fifty children in one class was normal - and adults regularly turned a blind eye to bullying. Forced into taking elocution and dancing lessons, which she really isn't cut out for, Sandra often finds it a struggle to meet the expectations of her parents and teachers. The book takes the reader back to a time of freedom and innocence, when young children walked to school unaccompanied and regularly played outside from dawn till dusk. It was a world of love and laughter, mixed with sadness and uncertainties. An age when every penny counted and children were naive enough to believe that making babies meant taking a pill with a cup of tea.


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To a shy little girl, born in the 1950s, the world was sometimes a scary and bewildering place. Often frightened of her own shadow, little Sandra quickly discovers that her peers can sometimes be hurtful, and that grown-ups aren’t always polite and kind. This gentle, often-humorous story of approximately 44,000 words, takes you from her birth in a grimy mill town, to her j To a shy little girl, born in the 1950s, the world was sometimes a scary and bewildering place. Often frightened of her own shadow, little Sandra quickly discovers that her peers can sometimes be hurtful, and that grown-ups aren’t always polite and kind. This gentle, often-humorous story of approximately 44,000 words, takes you from her birth in a grimy mill town, to her junior school days by the sea - when fifty children in one class was normal - and adults regularly turned a blind eye to bullying. Forced into taking elocution and dancing lessons, which she really isn't cut out for, Sandra often finds it a struggle to meet the expectations of her parents and teachers. The book takes the reader back to a time of freedom and innocence, when young children walked to school unaccompanied and regularly played outside from dawn till dusk. It was a world of love and laughter, mixed with sadness and uncertainties. An age when every penny counted and children were naive enough to believe that making babies meant taking a pill with a cup of tea.

30 review for SAND IN MY HAIR: A childhood memoir of growing up by the sea in the 1950s and early 1960s

  1. 4 out of 5

    Francene Stanley

    This telling tale of a young girl’s life in Lancaster, England during the fifties gave accurate details of her thoughts and descriptions of her childhood environment. Whilst people who lived during that era, or even nowadays in the same area, will enjoy the book, I found the recount lacking in enough tension to capture my imagination. However, Sandra Beaumont’s excellent writing style forms a good record of the time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Irene Pylypec

    Non-fiction, especially memoir, is my favourite genre so I was eager to read this book. However, the bold text was very off-putting. I also felt that there were too many extraneous details and name-dropping that really didn’t add to the story except perhaps for locals who recognised the locations/attractions or themselves. I also found the repeated mention of every single family or summer vacation rather tedious. On the plus side – I did learn some new words!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Sand in my Hair by Sandra Beaumont Childhood memories of growing up in the 50/60's sounds like such a great read as that is the time my family were youngsters. They live by the sea and it's a bit different than in the US but we played outside more than inside. We had relatives of all ages living in the neighborhood. Sand in my Hair by Sandra Beaumont Childhood memories of growing up in the 50/60's sounds like such a great read as that is the time my family were youngsters. They live by the sea and it's a bit different than in the US but we played outside more than inside. We had relatives of all ages living in the neighborhood.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Merrygornd

    Enjoyable reading Although I live in the USA, and are not familiar with the mentioned areas, I did enjoy reading this pleasantly written book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    This book brought back many memories. I was born in 1959 so can recall some of the things in the book. How times have changed, not all for the good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina Ambury

    Delightful. Although a child of the Sixties, rather than the Fifties detailed here, I remember many of these things; the Pleasure Beach, the Prom, Norbreck Castle. My experiences of primary and Grammar School were also similar and I worked in Colne for several years. This for me was an enjoyable nostalgic trip down memory lane.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Caraotta

    An easy to read memoir depicting the authors early life Sandra Beaumont, in careful detail, will describe her family and extended family from a child's point of view. Born in a small Lancashire mill town, The events, phrases, and individuals mentioned from England will differ from that of the United States. As she takes you from Colne to Thornton Cleveleys near the sea with her depictions of family members will at times become humorous. Discover her eccentric paternal grandmother and her mother's An easy to read memoir depicting the authors early life Sandra Beaumont, in careful detail, will describe her family and extended family from a child's point of view. Born in a small Lancashire mill town, The events, phrases, and individuals mentioned from England will differ from that of the United States. As she takes you from Colne to Thornton Cleveleys near the sea with her depictions of family members will at times become humorous. Discover her eccentric paternal grandmother and her mother's quest for Sandra to learn to speak "Queens English". Her family, like many of ours, helped shape who she is today. Some may remember school days like she had where ruler smacks were given by female teachers that dared not crack a smile. Many commands without explanations from her mother left her with inner questions, fears and uncertainties. This book will trace her school years, friends, trials, and happy moments. Though no inside toilet or car, her early life would still represent contentment with an inquisitive nature. A reader would enjoy this book if they love to peer inside memoirs and discover one's reaction to life's happenings. This book is her unique story with raw, inside knowledge on the peculiarities and characteristics of those that crossed her path. It is very easy to read and understand.

  8. 5 out of 5

    karen

    Thoroughly enjoyed Lovely nostalgic memoir of days gone by . Brought back memories of childhood holidays spent in Blackpool in the early sixties . Blackpool , as it was then , was a week full of donkey rides , candyfloss and visiting amusement arcades . The sun always seemed to shine and the sands full of families enjoying themselves . You could smell the sea and the place buzzed with atmosphere ....... Happy days

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Linda Gruneberg

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne Chisholm

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureenbladonhotmail.co.uk

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clare eagles

    Lovely read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. My mum was born in 1951 and I love to hear old stories of the post. A lovely trip down memory lane

  13. 4 out of 5

    tracey

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roy Andrews

  15. 5 out of 5

    Terry Jones

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jean S. Fanton

  17. 5 out of 5

    peter bull

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Ward

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Morris

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela Brown

  21. 4 out of 5

    MR K THOMPSON

  22. 5 out of 5

    lindsey rutter & Joan soar

  23. 4 out of 5

    maryann blessinger

  24. 5 out of 5

    eddie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikkii Webb

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan Schweikert

  28. 4 out of 5

    DEBORAH TOLLEY

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis A Jensen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Partridge

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