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A Fish supper and a chippy smile: Hardship and laughter in a South-East London fish-and-chip shop

A Fish supper and a chippy smile: Hardship and laughter in a South-East London fish-and-chip shop

Kemp, Hilda, author; Aldington, Annie, narrator; Kemp, Cathryn, author

In 1950s and 60s Bermondsey, the fish-and-chip shop was at the centre of the community. And at the heart of the chippy itself was 'Hooray' Hilda Kemp, a spirited matriarch who dispensed fish suppers and an abundance of sympathy to a now-vanished world of East Enders. For 'Hooray' Hilda knew all to well what it was like to feel real, aching hunger. Growing up in the slums of 1920s south-east London, the daughter of a violent alcoholic who drank away his wages rather than put food on the table, she could spot when a customer was in need and would sneak them an extra big portion of chips, on the house. With a cast of colourful characters - dirty ragamuffins, struggling housewives, rough-diamond gang members - Hilda's story is one of grit, romance, nostalgia and British endurance

CD, CD, Audiobook. English.
Unabridged edition.
Published Oxford: Soundings Audio Books, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Hilda Kemp and Cathryn Kemp
ISBN: 1407961160, 9781407961163
Note: Compact discs.
Performers: Read by Annie Aldington.
Physical Description: 7 sound discs CDs (8 hrs.) : digital, stereo
Publisher Number: SCD 5025
Subject: Audiobooks.; Fast food restaurants England London History 20th century.; Kemp, Hilda.; Bermondsey (London, England) History 20th century.; Bermondsey (London, England) Social conditions 20th century.; History.