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David Kynaston Family Britain, 1951-1957

David Kynaston Family Britain, 1951-1957

As in Austerity Britain, an astonishing array of vivid, intimate and unselfconscious ... more

voices drive this narrative. The keen-eyed Nella
Last shops assiduously at Barrow Market as
austerity and rationing gradually give way to
relative abundance; housewife Judy Haines,
relishing the detail of suburban life, brings up
her children in Chingford; and, the self-absorbed
civil servant Henry St John perfects the art of
grumbling. These and many other voices give a
rich, unsentimental picture of everyday life in
the 1950s. We also encounter well-known figures on
the way, such as Doris Lessing (joining and later
leaving the Communist Party), John Arlott
(sticking up on Any Questions? for the rights of
homosexuals) and Tiger's Roy of the Rovers (making
his goal-scoring debut for Melchester). All this
is part of a colourful, unfolding tapestry, in
which the great national events - the Tories
returning to power, the death of George VI, the
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the Suez Crisis -
jostle alongside everything that gave Britain in
the 1950s its distinctive flavour: Butlin's
holiday camps, Kenwood food mixers, Hancock's
Half-Hour , Ekco television sets, Davy Crockett,
skiffle and teddy boys. Deeply researched, David
Kynaston's Family Britain offers an unrivalled
take on a largely cohesive, ordered, still very
hierarchical society gratefully starting to move
away from the painful hardships of the 1940s
towards domestic ease and affluence.

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Family Britain, 1951-1957 (Tales of a New Jerusalem) by Kynaston, David (2010) - David Kynaston

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This wonderful volume is only the first in a series that will take us to 1979 and the election of Margaret Thatcher. When complete, Kynaston's skill in mixing eyewitness accounts and political analysis will surely be one of the greatest and most enduring publishing ventures for generations.' Brian Thompson, Observer 'Even readers who can remember the years Kynaston writes about will find they are continually surprised by the richness and diversity of his material mouth-watering' John Carey, Sunday Times 'The book is a marvel the level of detail is precise and fascinating' John Campbell, Sunday Telegraph 'A wonderfully illuminating picture of the way we were' Roy Hattersley, The Times

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EAN 9780747583851
Type Non-Fiction
Genre History
Subgenre British and Irish history
Title Family Britain: 1951-1957 (Tales of a New Jerusalem)
Author David Kynaston
Release Date 40119
ISBN 0747583854

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