When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies (Hardback)
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When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies (Hardback)

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The seventies are probably the most important and fascinating period in modern British political history. They encompass strikes that brought down governments, shock general election results, the rise of Margaret Thatcher and the fall of Edward Heath, the IMF crisis, the Winter of Discontent and the three-day week. But the seventies have also been frequently misunderstood, oversimplified and misrepresented. When the Lights Went Out goes in search of what really happened, what it felt like at the time, and where it was all leading. It includes vivid interviews with many of the leading participants, many of them now dead, from Heath to Jack Jones to Arthur Scargill, and it travels from the once-famous factories where the great industrial confrontations took place to the suburbs where Thatcherism was created and to remote North Sea oil rigs. The book also unearths the stories of the forgotten political actors away from Westminster who gave the decade so much of its volatility and excitement, from the Gay Liberation Front to the hippie anarchists of the free festival movement. Over five years in the making, this book is not an academic history but something for the general reader, written with the vividness of a novel or the best works of American New Journalism, bringing the decade back to life in all its drama and complexity.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571221363
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 899 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 47 mm
Edition: Main

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“A wonderful Eye Opener”

As someone who was born at the tail of the 1980's, so far removed from the decade at the centre of this book, I have no personal experiences of what was very obviously a decade of turmoil for the United Kingdom.... More

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“A Panorama of Failure and Folly”

Ah, the seventies. What a dismal, dirty decade. Strikes, picket lines, the three-day week, inflation, IRA bombings, IMF loans, 98% tax rates, beer and sandwiches at Number 10, the winter of discontent: it was... More

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“An infamous decade revisited”

We all know the story of the 70s - strikes, terrorism in Northern Ireland and British cities, unequal pay, racism, now hardened in our imaginations by TV series like Life on Mars. Andy Beckett set out on his own... More

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