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1970s London: Discovering the Capital [Paperback]

Alec Forshaw
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15 Feb 2011
Following a sheltered childhood and education in Cambridge, and having missed out on the Swinging Sixties, Alec Forshaw was ready for a dose of the wider world. London in the early 1970s was where the lights seemed to shine the brightest. In reality London was still a city struggling to find its post-war identity, full of declining industries and derelict docklands, a townscape blighted by undeveloped bomb sites, demonic motorway proposals and slum clearance schemes. The streets were lined with work-a-day local shops and greasy-spoon cafes, but enlivened by ghettos of immigrants and student culture. Ideas for traffic constraint, recycling rubbish or conserving historic buildings were still in their infancy. It was the decade which saw the three-day week, the Notting Hill riots and the last of the anti-Vietnam war protests. This sequel to "Growing Up in Cambridge" portrays the London of over thirty years ago as it appeared to a young man in his twenties, finding his feet, coming of age, and stumbling across the sights, sounds and sensations of an extraordinary city.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (15 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752456911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752456911
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alec Forshaw is a London resident who has pursued a varied career as a town planner, historic buildings architect, lecturer, and musician. He is currently a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust and the author of various books about London, including "Growing up in Cambridge."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent and Engaging 29 May 2013
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A fascinating personal insight on a somewhat neglected decade of London's history. Forshaw is particularly informative on architecture, planning and environmental issues. Eloquently and engagingly written - a thoroughly good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very nostalgic 22 April 2011
As someone who remembers this era it was great to have these memories jogged back into my mind.The book was a pleasure to read.
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