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When community came first

James Walvin's wonderful memoir of growing up in the 1950s evokes a lost world of harsh poverty and mutual dependence

By David Goodhart   June 2015

A day out in Blackpool in August 1955: "As hardship began to recede, the holiday in Spain replaced the charabanc to Blackpool." © Leonard Macomb/The Life Images Collection/Getty Images

Different Times: Growing Up in Postwar England, by James Walvin (Algie Books, £7.55)

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