"We Never Had It So Good"
The title phrase recalls a famous speech made in Bedford by the then British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to his fellow conservatives.

What Macmillan actually said was: "Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good". This has been commonly paraphrased as 'You never had it so good.' The echo of the phrase in the title of the book is partly ironic - the boy and his family are not well off - and partly literal, for the author remembers the period as largely a happy time, one in which people were wont to say, 'We made our own enjoyment.'