#Bookreview – Cabbage and Semolina by Cathy Murray @spurwing_ #1950s #childhood #memoir

Cabbage and Semolina

Cathy Murray was inspired to write Cabbage and Semolina after witnessing her mother-in-law’s sadly too late attempt to record her own reminiscences. It is a collection of memories of a 1950’s childhood, and it is a delight to read.

As I was born in the 1960’s I thought this collection of memories might not mean that much to me or be that familiar. But I was wrong, it turns out things don’t change that quickly. I was surprised by how many of the stories I recognised and how good they were at bringing back long forgotten facts from my childhood, of tales my mother has told me and fond memories of how my grand-parents lived.

School life hadn’t changed much by the time I got there. Cabbage and Semolina were still very much in evidence, along with the fluorescent yellow custard though obviously not all at the same time!

Clarks T-bar shoes, white ankle socks, the daily one third of a pint of milk, slightly off on warm summer days and frozen in winter, and playing out for hours and getting into trouble on ‘the tip’ (or similar) at the end of the road.

This book covers so many subjects: books and comics, nits, nutty slack, tricycles, knitting, radio and television to name but a few and I don’t want to say too much about them otherwise what would be the point in you buying this book?

Suffice to say I highly recommend Cabbage and Semolina. I absolutely loved diving back into the past with this little gem of a read. I think it would be of interest to all, whether you lived through the same experiences in which case you’ll find yourself nodding along and smiling I’m sure or wish to find out how your parents or grand-parents lived. The differences between now and then are stark and it really wasn’t that long ago.

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About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of The Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she has been asked for more and so has written a short story based on a favourite character from the series. Therefore, the latest to join the stable is The Joker and for the first time all her books are available free, with Kindle Unlimited. Georgia has just begun work on her fourth novel, this time it’s a standalone seductively called Project A ever since she found out that the name she wanted for it has been taken for a book about a less than savoury character who has dominated the news for the last few years…so it’s back to the drawing board on that one! She has also recently started running workshops and providing one-to-one support for those wishing to learn how to self-publish and you can find her, under her real name, at www.threeshirespublishing.com. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination! Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected husband, son and two dogs. Her daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out and taken her extensive cushion collection with her.
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4 Responses to #Bookreview – Cabbage and Semolina by Cathy Murray @spurwing_ #1950s #childhood #memoir

  1. I loved reading Cabbage & Semolina! As I was born in 1958, it reflected much of my own childhood. It made me laugh, too. Cathy has a lovely easy style and a wry sense of humour.
    I was very excited at one point when I read that, like me, one of Cathy’s favourite children’s books was Pookie, by Ivy Wallace. I’d never come across anyone before who’d even heard of Pookie! (For the uninitiated, he’s a rabbit with wings.) My own battered version of the first Pookie book was my mum’s and was published in the 1940s. Anyone else “met” Pookie?

    • Georgia Rose says:

      I’m afraid I have not come across Pookie – although a rabbit with wings certainly sounds like fun!! It made me laugh too Wendy and was such an easy read. Thanks for adding your thoughts here, they are much appreciated 😀

  2. Cathy Murray says:

    Thank you so much, Georgia, for this wonderful review. I’ve been poorly for several weeks and reading this today has really cheered me up.

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