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Reading in the 1950s [Paperback]

Stuart Hylton
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15 Mar 2013
In Reading: The 1950s Stuart Hylton gives a fascinating account of the town and its people during a decade of rapid and memorable change. The story begins in the drab atmosphere of the early postwar years, with their austerity, sense of shrinking empire and declining national prestige. It ends with the brash new world of the swinging sixties, which brought The Beatles, the miniskirt and the Mini car. From television and labour-saving appliances which revolutionised the home, to the motor car which began to dominate travel and to alter the haracter of the town, the author also records aspects of Reading that stayed much the same – the courage and humour of the townspeople in sometimes trying circumstances, the ingenuity and incompetence of the criminal classes, the absurdities of officialdom, and the sheer diversity of local life as it emerges from reports in the press. Capturing the spirit of the population during an era of bewildering development and change, this is a must-have for locals and anybody with an interest in the history of the town.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; Reprint edition (15 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752493531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752493534
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stuart Hylton, born and bred in Berkshire, worked as a town planner in Reading from 1980 to 1998, where he eventually became Head of Planning and Environmental Health and Head of Strategic Planning and Transport for all Berkshire's local authorities. He is the author of 16 books on historical subjects and has written several titles on Reading, where he now lives.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 15 Oct 2013
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Well this is the town where I grew up in the fifties. So many memories, have read it several times, pure nostalgia.
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Would have liked to see more pictures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Slough 1 Jun 2013
I was really surprised to discover Reading was only invented in the Nineteen Fifties as previously I had presumed it had been in use during the Second World war, and what was the point of all those books before this Time?
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