Balham, London, circa 1961, Paul Kaye

The lost art of playing out

by Northern Life

What do you remember from your childhood?

No doubt, playing out until all hours out on the streets, out from under your Mum’s feet?

Ever wished you could relive those precious moments?

Then Hoxton Press’ new book Paradise Street is the perfect read. It celebrates the lost art of playing outside featuring a range of photographs that capture the essence of what it was to play out on streets.

The images capture a time before games consoles, mobile phones and junk food diets that keep children these days indoors. Instead this book looks back to a time when cars were a rarity, when children had no choice but to play outside and when the only time you’d come indoors was when your mum called you in.