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WHITE HEAT: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties
Bibliophile price: £8.00
As 1963 drew to a close, Harold Wilson's famous words captured the optimistic spirit of a society in the midst of breathtaking political, cultural and technological change. From the gaudy pleasures of Swinging London to the tragic bloodshed in Northern Ireland, from the intrigues of Westminster to the drama of the World Cup, British life seemed to have taken on a thrilling new momentum. Mods and Rockers, mop-tops and mini skirts, strikes and demonstrations, James Bond and The Avengers, Carnaby Street and the King's Road, colourful personalities dominated the era like Mary Quant and Jean Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, Enoch Powell and Mary Whitehouse. Using private diaries, letters and government reports to novels, magazines and TV programmes, Sandbrook tells the stories of ministers and models, housewives and hippies, rock stars and revolutionaries, the rebirth of British art and design, the complexities of the permissive society and the travails of the economy. And he shows how millions of ordinary people reacted to changes of the day from tower blocks and comprehensive schools to foreign holidays and sexual equality. Written with a great narrative flair and a wry sense of humour. Paperback, 954pp, 24 pages of contemporary photos and cartoons.

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