A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile

A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile Oi Hilda the sign outside says you re frying today but I ain t seeing nothing done in ere The voice cut through my daydream startling me into remembering where I was standing in the fish and chip s

  • Title: A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile
  • Author: Cathryn Kemp Hilda Kemp
  • ISBN: 9781409158424
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oi, Hilda, the sign outside says you re frying today but I ain t seeing nothing done in ere The voice cut through my daydream, startling me into remembering where I was standing in the fish and chip shop I worked in We opened for business at 5 p.m and already there was a queue of hungry customers on the cobbled street of London s East End In 1950s and 60s Bermondsey, Oi, Hilda, the sign outside says you re frying today but I ain t seeing nothing done in ere The voice cut through my daydream, startling me into remembering where I was standing in the fish and chip shop I worked in We opened for business at 5 p.m and already there was a queue of hungry customers on the cobbled street of London s East End 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 As Hilda works in the chippy six days a week cutting the potatoes and frying the fish, yesterday s rag becoming today s dinner plate she hears all the gossip from the close knit community There are rumours that the gang wars are hotting up the Richardsons and the Krays are playing out their fights across south east London And the industrial strike is carrying on for a painfully long time for the mothers with many mouths to feed At home, Hilda s children are latchkey kids, letting themselves in from school and helping themselves to whatever is in the larder until she gets in from her long, hard day at work Despite tragedy striking her family, Hilda never complained of the loss of her daughter at a tragically young age, nor the tough upbringing she narrowly escaped With a cast of colourful characters dirty ragamuffins, struggling housewives, rough diamond gang members Hooray Hilda s story is one of grit, romance, nostalgia and British endurance Told to her granddaughter Cathryn, this memoir is the uplifting sequel to WE AIN T GOT NO DRINK, PA and is a testament to a woman who lived life to the full, who enjoyed laughter and loved fiercely even though her heart was broken many times over.

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    One thought on “A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile”

    1. I'm surprised this was such an emotional book. I'm normally good at separating myself from memoirs and the people in them, but something struck a chord with me here. Hilda Kemp's life was marred with tragedy and disappointment. Yet she always put on a brave face and gritted her teeth for her beloved husband and children. I loved hearing about her life working in an East End fish and chip shop in the 50s. Sadly, I believe the community spirit most Londoners felt has all but vanished these days. W [...]

    2. This is the first book I've read in a while that I haven't been able to put down. Hilda is probably every strong working class woman that we know and look up to. She manages to write the book in a way that makes you feel as if you are present and actually experiencing the hardships and the love she goes through. The honesty and the straightforwardness with which her story is given allows the reader to empathise and relate to her life story. I found the book to be inspiring and also to be a sourc [...]

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