Love and Let Die: Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche (Paperback)
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Love and Let Die: Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche (Paperback)

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Published: 14/09/2023
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Reflecting on six decades of James Bond and The Beatles, Higgs' crafts an incisive analysis of two overwhelming British cultural institutions and the contrasting visions of the nation that they represent.

Dr No, the first Bond film, and Love Me Do, the first Beatles record, were released on the same day. Most countries can only dream of creating a phenomenon on this scale; Britain produced two on one windy October afternoon.

Told over sixty dramatic years, Love and Let Die is the story of two culture touchstones that continue to define our aspirations and fantasies; of opposing values, visions of Britain and ideas about male identity; and of how a clash between working class liberation and establishment control exploded on the global stage.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399600170
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 32 mm


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A daring, dazzlingly entertaining pop cultural critique . . . smart analytical and enormously good fun. There'ssomething provocative or revelatory on every page - Stuart Maconie, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Strikingly insightful . . . [Higgs] gives us page after page of glorious anecdotes about Bond and The Beatles, revelations about one sparking insights into the other - i NEWSPAPER

Ingenious . . . Love and Let Die starts with a perfect coincidence [and] conjures a whole cultural history of the past six decades - THE SPECTATOR

A highly evocative picture of the 1960s . . . Love and Let Die is a book to leave you shaken and stirred - INDEPENDENT

This is more than just a book about those two cultural colossi, the Beatles and Bond. It is that, and magnificently so, but it is also about class, art, masculinity, entitlement, politics, love and death. Humane, droll and wise, there is some brilliant apercu, revelation or connection on every page. A dazzling, daring, recondite and immensely readable pop culture critique - STUART MACONIE

If you take popular culture seriously, this is the book for you - JEREMY DELLER

Poignant and entertaining . . . sharp and pacy. . . Higgs is a lively writer and has assembled many intriguing nuggets from six decades of British popular culture - OBSERVER

In pairing these pop-cultural phenomena, Mr Higgs is onto something. A brilliant meander through the British male psyche . . . excellent and illuminating - WALL STREET JOURNAL

A triumphant work of truth, heart and soul. Love and Let Die is revolutionary, spirited, shaken and stirred - SALENA GODDEN, author of MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

Brilliant - Frank Cotterell-Boyce, OBSERVER

Entertaining . . . an eccentric jaunt through the interwoven histories [of the Beatles and Bond] - SUNDAY TIMES

Here is an author who constantly reaches out to the reader, grabs their attention and doesn't let go, finding connection in the most unexplored places . . . I was gripped throughout . . . Higgs finds beautiful threads everywhere . . . packed with small details and big ideas - THE PSYCHOLOGIST

Persuasive . . . The story of the power struggle between the working class and the establishment, as seen through the lens of the Beatles' records and the Bond films, is a fascinating one . . . entertaining - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Lives up to the hype . . . both captivating and thought-provoking. A riveting read - SHINDIG!

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“A bona fide classic of Beatles Literature!”

The James Bond film Dr No and the first Beatles’ single ‘Love Me Do’ were both released on Friday, 5 October 1962. John Higgs has written an engrossing book which examines the links between the cultural leviathans... More

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