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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Lamlash Street: A Portrait of 1960's Post-War London Through One Family's Story is an autobiographical memoir recounting J.M. Phillips's childhood living in London during 1963. Jill grew up in a close-knit, working-class community at a time of great change, raised by people still recovering from the shell shock and stress of both the Blitz and the near-starvation of World War II. With close relatives and parents of friends comprising most of the adults in the neighborhood who were affected by World War II, Jill's childhood was partly overshadowed by post-war trauma. Whether listening to war stories or eagerly waiting for one's first kiss of their first love, the early 60s Cockney London was the end of an era for a generation of children of World War II veterans.
Filled with heart, humor, and a heavy dose of nostalgia, Lamlash Street takes you on a trip down memory lane to post-World War II London, a place still reeling from the after-effects of war and on the precipice of a great change, with the advent of The Beatles, Twiggy, and much more. Author J.M. Phillips's free-flowing prose and intimate rendition of her childhood make the story all the more moving and compelling to read. As a ten-year-old, her interpretation of increasingly changing family dynamics and her environment, in general, is fascinating, leaving the reader a lot to ponder over. The author's vivid description of her childhood paints quite a picture. I had a wonderful time reading this book and recommend it to readers who love coming-of-age stories.