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Paul

Paul Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom

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  • "Very enjoyable"

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    I've got an interest in Victorian Britain and this book covers many facets is decent detail of how the Victorians used to live. One thing that stood out to me was the amount of wars that Britain had and the state of conditions that the soldiers needed to contend with. This book will definitely get a second read in the future although I will be reading Simon Schama's history of Britain first as I know this will be more in depth and cover a wider period.

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    A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

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    • By Michael Paterson
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
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    The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century. The early Victorians were much stranger than we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own. It was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.

    Nils says: "A joy"
  • "The 70's I didnt understand but now..."

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    I was born in 1970 so Edward Heath, the 3 day week, Don Revie, etc were all things I had heard snippets about but not the whole picture. This book really brought to life the time period and gave me a better understanding of the countries woes. I'm not a political person but a look of the books foundation was based on the politicians of the time and how it affected the country, from the limited number of women politicians to the battle between Wilson and Heath. Also hearing from those I'm a little more familiar with like Douglas Hurd and Michael Foot was also interesting. So although I'm not a political person, this didnt take away from my enjoyment of the book.

    I also liked hearing about the intricacies of Don Revie's resignation, the TV of the time and the development of our penchant for luxuries like holidays abroad which were starting to take off.

    The narrator was very good and was also excellent in being able to do many impressions of the characters he spoke about including a funny Margaret Thatcher!

    If you have any interest in this period or were alive and dont remember or even want to remember it, then this book is for you!

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    State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974

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    • By Dominic Sandbrook
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten.

    stew says: "Just Brilliant"
  • "My teen years revisited....Great!!"

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    From Band Aid to Margaret Thatcher to the Miners strike, this book covers most of the highlights from this era. As a teen during this period, I didnt quite grasp all of the social issues and political issues of the day so it was good to get some of the picture filled in for me as well as revisiting some of the fads from the era.

    I loved the book and recommend it. I think there is still more of the story that can be told though so would welcome either a more in depth version of this book or a follow on to it.

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    No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s

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    • By Andy McSmith
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    The 1980s was the revolutionary decade of the 20th century. From the Falklands war and the miners' strike to Bobby Sands and the Guildford Four, from Diana and the New Romantics to Live Aid and the 'big bang', from the Rubik's cube to the ZX Spectrum, McSmith's brilliant narrative account uncovers the truth behind the decade that changed Britain forever - politically, economically and culturally.

    Emma says: "So close and yet so far"
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