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The Nanny State Made Me

A Story of Britain and How to Save it
Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, British
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It was the spirit of our finest hour, the backbone of our postwar greatness and it promoted some of the boldest and most brilliant schemes this isle has ever produced: it was the Welfare State, and it made you and me. But now it's under threat, and we need to save it.

In this timely and provocative audiobook, Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own history of growing up as a northern working class boy. What was so bad about properly funded hospitals, decent working conditions and affordable houses? And what was so wrong about student grants, free eye tests and council houses? And where did it all go so wrong? Stuart looks toward Britain’s future, making an emotional case for believing in more than profit and loss and championing a just, fairer society.

©2020 Stuart Maconie (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"He is as funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell." (Observer)

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Bringing back Memories

Felt a strong need to write a review for this great book - what a touching reminder of my growing up in the "Nanny State". His reminders about how life was - walking to school, riding the top deck of the bus.... just perfect to recall details long forgotten - thanks. I wondered if anyone not born in Britain of a certain age would enjoy it quite so much.

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It made me too !

Stuart Maconie is an utterly brilliant wordsmith
He nails every subject to the cross ......
A brilliant listen
Thank you Mr M
Am off in search of your other works now
“You poor take courage
You rich take care “
c/o Billy Bragg.........

Loved it
Lou Lloyd


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His best yet

I'm a bit of a fan boy and this is his best yet.
Superb and poignant