Hippy Dinners – a review for BritMums Book Club

I was lucky enough to listen to Abbie Ross speaking at BritMums Live in a session with Cesca Major and Amanda Jennings.  As I’d read books from both of the other authors I was keen to read Hippy Dinners, and was thrilled to have the opportunity via the BritMums Book Club.

Hippy Dinners

Hippy Dinners is published through Transworld Books and is a humorous tale of growing up in rural North Wales in the early 1970’s.  By rights I should have loved this book as I’m only a couple of years older than the author.

Abbie Ross and her family move from Islington to a farmhouse in rural Wales when she is 2 years old.  Her parents turn their backs on the rat race in search of a simpler life, much to the annoyance of Abbie’s grandparents, who think they’ve moved to the ‘dark side’.

I could relate to Abbie’s desire to be ‘normal’ and fit in with everyone, I think most children feel that way.  I know from experience how miserable things can be when you don’t fit in, but I had to deal with that when I was older, when we moved from Surrey to Oxfordshire at the age of 14.  I wasn’t dealing with quite the same issues as a youngster at school praying her parents don’t move into a hippy commune.

I’m not sure why I struggled with this book, but I just didn’t gel with it.  I found I couldn’t remember the various school children’s characters from one nights read to the next. Hippy Dinners just didn’t grab me.  There were moments of shared memories – John Craven and Newsround.  Oh yes, that did make me giggle.  Especially as I turned into a quivering wreck when I pulled up next to him at Wendover Woods once.  He actually lives close to the town I spent the second half of my teens in, we even bank at the same bank.

I guess in general, I lived a very different life in the 1970’s.  We lived in suburbia, my father worked in London, my mother was at home or part-time working.  I don’t think either of them could have been classed as living the ‘hippy’ dream in any way, shape or form.  We did have macaws and a cockatoo though – does that count?

The book is well written, I don’t have deep feelings either way after reading it.  I’m sure others will love reading it, just not me.

disclaimer:  we were sent this book as part of the BritMums Book Club in exchange for an honest review

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  1. I enjoyed the book, though my childhood is completely different from Abbie’s story. I’ve read a few reviews of the book, and it’s fab that the book has brought back memories of our own childhoods, so interesting to read and compare, and have a glimpse of our younger-selves.

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