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A running commentary taking us from 1970 to 1979, ‘A Diary of England in the 1970s’ whizzes through memories like a video tape on fast forward, each touchstone a flash then on to the next.
‘A Diary of England in the 1970s’ by Ian Palmer is a brilliant nostalgia piece filled with pop culture, news, sports and more, logged in chronological order guaranteed to spark memories for those who were 60s and 70s children. The book starts with ‘Once upon a time, a happy time, long before Covid-19’, firmly setting it’s stall out as a book to escape into, a book filled with opportunities to reminisce, or even an opportunity to learn about our more recent history. A running commentary taking us from 1970 to 1979, ‘A Diary of England in the 1970s’ whizzes through memories like a video tape on fast forward, each touchstone a flash then on to the next. This book is very well-written although in a bit of an unusual style, a stream of consciousness, succinct but so densely packed with information. Split into seasons as opposed to months, the author takes us through many 70s highlights, from George Lazenby as James Bond, number ones and football scores. Along with the more nostalgic features like the price of a pint of Carling, the author includes key political events such as the Troubles in Ireland and Margaret Thatcher. I would have liked the text to be a bit more broken up, with the inclusion of images where possible to truly make this a delight for anyone looking to reminisce about the 70s. As is, I can see this being a series, and something that would be a great gift for family or friends.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
A comprehensive timeline of pop culture, news events, football, television and music from England in the 1970s. 329 pages of memories and nostalgia for people that lived in England between 1970 and 1979. From the days of Harold Wilson, George Best, T Rex and Raleigh Choppers, through to the times of Margaret Thatcher, Trevor Francis, Boomtown Rats and Raleigh Grifters, this book recaptures events, sights and sounds of England in the 70s, and presents them all as a non stop, running commentary.
|Publication date:||6th April 2021|
|Publisher:||Gift Book for Dad|
|Primary Genre||Lifestyle, Hobbies and Leisure|