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Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn W. Turner

Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s

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Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn W. Turner

'A masterful work of social history and cultural commentary, told with much wit. It almost makes you feel as if you were there' ROGER LEWIS, Mail on Sunday The 1970s. They were the best of times and the worst of times. Wealth inequality was at a record low, yet industrial strife was at a record high. These were the glory years of Doctor Who and glam rock, but the darkest days of the Northern Ireland conflict. Beset by strikes, inflation, power cuts and the rise of the far right, the cosy Britain of the post-war consensus was unravelling - in spectacularly lurid style. Fusing high politics and low culture, Crisis? What Crisis? presents a world in which Enoch Powell, Ted Heath and Tony Benn jostle for space with David Bowie, Hilda Ogden and Margo Leadbetter, and reveals why a country exhausted by decline eventually turned to Margaret Thatcher for salvation.


'Turner's narrative is quite compelling... This is about as far away from sober, stuffy history as you can get and deserves a wide readership'
Publishing News

'Turner combines a fan's sense of populism (weaving in references to a rapidly expanding popular culture) with a keen grasp of the political landscape, which gives his survey of an often overlooked decade its cutting edge'

'An ambitious, entertaining alternative history of the 1970s which judges the decade not just by its political turbulence but by the leg-up it gave popular culture'
Time Out

'Turner has certainly hit upon a rich and fascinating subject, and his intertwining of political and cultural history is brilliantly done... This is a masterful work of social history and cultural commentary, told with much wit. It almost makes you feel as if you were there'
Roger Lewis Mail on Sunday

'Vivid, brilliantly researched... Turner may be an anorak, but he is an acutely intelligent anorak'
Francis Wheen New Statesman

'This well-researched and witty text recounts how the media reflected politics in an era of glamour, bad fashion and inflation... displays wit, colour and detail'
Brian Groom Financial Times

'An adventurous and enjoyable reassessment of a much-maligned decade'
Nick Rennison BBC History Magazine

'A real lesson in social history but without the stuffiness... A good fun reminder of the decade that taste forgot '
Manchester Evening News

'Excellent ... this trilogy is about the most authoritative account of the late 20th century as you are likely to get'
Choice Magazine

About the Author

Alwyn W. Turner

Alwyn W. Turner is the author of Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s and Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s, both published by Aurum Press. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock and My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock.

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Publication date

5th September 2013


Alwyn W. Turner

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Aurum Press Ltd


336 pages




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