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

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The seventies 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. 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, 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, from the Gay Liberation Front to the hippie anarchists of the free festival movement. This book is not an academic history but something for the general reader, bringing the decade back to life in all its drama and complexity.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571221370
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 200 x 128 x 34 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

Paperback edition
26th June 2010
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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

Paperback edition
7th February 2010
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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

Paperback edition
27th October 2010
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