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

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

'Family Britain' continues David Kynaston's groundbreaking series 'Tales of a New Jerusalem', telling as never before the story of Britain from VE Day in 1945 to the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.
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Family Britain, 1951-1957 Summary


As in Austerity Britain, an astonishing array of vivid, intimate and unselfconscious voices drive the 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; 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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Sku
GOR001717705
Title
Family Britain, 1951-1957 (Tales of a New Jerusalem)
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Year published
Number of pages
784
ISBN 10
0747583854
ISBN 13
9780747583851
Prizes
N/A
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