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Before the Oil Ran Out: Britain in the Brutal Years [Paperback]

Ian Jack
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27 Jun 1996
This revised edition contains a collection of feature articles which delivers an absorbing account of Britain's changing face during the Thatcher years. Ian Jack paints a timely portrait of an increasingly divided nation. He has received Granada TV's Journalist of the Year Award.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (27 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099754215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099754213
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars vignettes from a changing britain. 2 Sep 2012
I first heard of Ian Jack's collection of essays "Before the oil ran out" when it was published in 1987 but I have only just read it and with posterity being the harshest judge of jurnalism I must conclude that Jack is a very good journalist indeed. For in these short pieces he manages to capture a lot of the country we were becoming under Thtacherism and also something of the world we were leaving behind. So if you want an oblique and prophetic analysis of the late seventies and eighties that is both fluent and stimulating this book is a great place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 29 Dec 2012
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This book was a bit used, but it was fine for reading, so I truly do not have any problems with it. Thanks!
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