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.
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Unsympathetic to Mrs Thatcher.
Perhaps. There was a lot in there.
When Sir Geoffrey Howe, a man memorably compared to a sheep, sat through a public tongue lashing and humiliation from Thatcher, and then walked out in a remarkably memorable manner, setting up Thatcher for the coup de grace.
They were interesting, but one dimensional. This is a history, not a novel. If pressed to choose, I'd say Michael Heseltine or Nigel Lawson held tremendous potential, but theirrole was limited to the narrative.
The destruction of ancient mining and industrial communities. A development that we are only beginning to come to appreciate the full implications of.
Despite the impression the above comments might give, as a child of the 1980s, I enjoyed this book - a touch of Adrian Mole, with just a sprinkling of William Shirer or Gibbons. I had it in my wishlist for 3 years and am glad I finally listened to it.
- Lord Emsworth
Fascinating review ofBritain in the 80's
- Kate Rendham