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Alwyn W. Turner
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5 Sep 2013

'A masterly mix of shrewd analysis, historical detail and telling quotes... Indispensable’ Mail on Sunday

'Among a host of recent books on the 1980s, Turner's stands out as comfortably the most entertaining’ Sunday Times

When Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in 1979 she promised to bring harmony where once there had been discord. But Britain entered the 1980s bitterly divided over its future. At stake were the souls of the great population boom of the 1960s. Would they buy into the free-market, patriotic agenda of Thatcherism? Or the anti-racist, anti-sexist liberalism of the new left?

From the miners’ strike, the Falklands War and the spectre of AIDS, to Yes Minister, championship snooker and Boy George, Rejoice! Rejoice! steps back in time to relive the decade when the Iron Lady sought to remake Britain. What it discovers is a thoroughly foreign country.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; PB Reissue edition (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310724
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Put[s] into cold perspective what at the time we were too befuddled with emotion to understand... Turner has produced a masterly mix of shrewd analysis, historical detail and telling quotes... Indispensable’

(James Delingpole Mail on Sunday)

'Dazzling... Turner’s account of the 1980s is as wide-ranging as that fractured, multi-faceted decade demands ... deft at picking out devilish details and damning quotes from history that is less recent than you think’

(Victoria Segal Mojo)

‘Among a host of recent books on the 1980s, Turner's stands out as comfortably the most entertaining’ - Books of the Year

(The Sunday Times)

‘One of the pleasures of Alwyn Turner’s breathless romp through the 1980s is that it overflows with unusual juxtapositions and surprising insights... The tone is that of a wildly enthusiastic guide leading us on a breakneck tour through politics, sport and culture’

(Dominic Sandbrook)

‘This kaleidoscopic history ... provides a vivid and enjoyable guide to these turbulent years. Ranging broadly across popular culture as well as high politics ... Turner brings the period alive and offers insights into both sides of a polarised nation’

(BBC History Magazine)

‘Turner does an excellent job in synthesising the culture and art of the day into the wider political discourse. The result is resolutely entertaining’

(Metro)

'Terrifically entertaining'

(Daily Telegraph)

'Excellent ... this trilogy is about the most authoritative account of the late 20th century as you are likely to get'

(Choice Magazine)

About the Author

ALWYN W. TURNER is the author of Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970sA Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s and the ebook Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992, all published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise, My Generation and Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture of the 1980's 15 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a very enjoyable portrait of the changes that took place in Britain in the 1980's, it works on many levels, political, social and economic.

The political history is an excellent over view of a decade dominated by Margaret Thatcher,covering the Falklands War, the Miners strike, Wapping and the fatal error of the introduction of the poll tax in 1990.

It is good on music, showing how music evolved from political protest songs by the Specials and UB40 in the early 80's, through to Live Aid in 1985 and then to Stock, Aitkin and Waterman whose musical production line with songs by the likes of Kylie and Rick Astley dominated the last few years of the decade.

The author covers economic changes from the deep recession of the early 80's through to the rise of yuppies and estate agents by the end of the decade. I was a teenager in the West Midlands in the early 80's and well remember the local news being dominated by factory shut downs and redundancies as traditional manufacturing jobs disappeared and were replaced by jobs in retailing and financial services, this book is a timely reminder of those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Excellent 13 Dec 2013
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Wasn't too heavy a political tome, but managed to convey the right mix of serious political stuff that was going on and all the bad hair music pop culture of the time. As a late teenager in the early 80s it will always be my decade, and I can recommend this to anyone who ever chanted at Maggie, or danced to Wham. Whilst wearing legwarmers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, especially for the 80s child! 26 April 2013
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This is a brilliant read, a book that is easy to read and full of reference to a decade that really did transform Britain. I went from toddler to teen in the 80s and watched as Thatcher and her government changed the very fabric of society as my parents knew it. From memory, there is very little that has been missed by Turner though there is perhaps little said of the technological changes during that decade, which in my opinion were many and fast paced. Turner writes in a particularly non judgemental style and simply records what happened from both ends of the political spectrum. Look forward to his 90s follow up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 10 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
The task of covering a decade, with all of its complexity and multi-levels of significance, must be intimidating, but I was impressed by the way this book managed to contain and appreciate the key strands, politically, socially and culturally. For anyone interested in what made this decade so significant, this is an excellent place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thorough review of eighties 1 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Covers all aspects of life in the eighties - politics, economy, culture, entertainment, anything you can think of. Obviously, not everybody is interested in EVERYTHING, so I just skimmed some parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Union of the Snake 22 Sep 2013
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The Eighties. What do you remember? It's a fair bet that what will spring to mind are things that will be covered in this entertaining history and overview of the decade as it jumps from the inevitable focus on politics to the more ephemeral flotsam and jetsam of contemporary culture. Pop music, television, art and literature are given as much space, almost, as Thatcherism. It's a very Britiish-centric account too, which is a good thing as it would be easy to place a big focus on Reagan or Gorbachov as the decade politically progressed. Obviously they get a mention or two, but always in the context of how their thoughts and deeds pertained to us in Little Britain.
The author has picked out the key events of the times, the Falklands, the Miners Strike, the rise of capitalism and the changes our society went through over the time. It's a thoughtful and balanced review, never too poe-faced or intellectually driven.The rise of monetarism or the decline of trade unions, for example, are seen as no more important than the rise of the television game show or alternative comedy. Perhaps a bit more focus could have been put on the growth of technology - after all, these were the years that saw the birth of the mobile `phone and the advent of desktop computing, which would revolutionise the next decade - but maybe that will be covered in the Nineties edition, which I will definitely be reading!
The book rattles along, powered by some choice quotes (especially one from Ted Nugent about Lady Diana) that can make you laugh out loud, although I did think that there was a preponderance in using certain authors or commentators - Kenneth Williams and Mark Steel spring to mind - when their must have been a wealth of sources to choose from. Perhaps this was the problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1980s - A Tumultuous Decade 5 Oct 2010
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This book is a must for anyone interested in a decade that really did change the face of the UK. Naturally it is dominated by Margaret Thatcher, but it is easy to forget that she did not have everything her own way. Alwyn Turner's attention to detail is incredible and he presents a neutral standpoint, often adding his own amusing comments to the events that shaped so much about the way we live to today. It is all there, the Falklands, the Miners' strike, the inner city riots, plus all the music and books that reflected the society the UK was becoming. If you enjoyed Crisis What Crisis you will enjoy this even more, and if you are yet to read a social history book this would make an excellent start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by J A Law
4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched trot through the 80's
Heavy going at times but worth persevering. I know cos I was there as Max Boyce would say ! !
Published 9 months ago by iain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stimulation for memories of a dreadful decade
Very readable account of the cultural and economic changes. You know who was driving the political change but how did we let it happen?
Well referenced.
Published 10 months ago by Mr Muddy Paws
3.0 out of 5 stars Rejoice
At best, it's only a rehash of the multiple books on Mrs Thatcher. I consider that her OWN books, "The Downing Street years" or "The path to power" are somewhat... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bad Old Days
God it all comes rushing back! I thought it was all just a bad dream, but no!Thatcher was an unmitigated disaster and despoiled the lives of millions! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lemongrass
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A great read that shifts a little too quickly from subject to subject. The detail regarding the internecine battles of the Labour Party in the early 80s is particularly excellent,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. GLASPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Thatcherism and shoulder pads
Having read Turner's previous book on the 70s, I immediately went on to this one. Turner has a wonderful tone to his writing, making his books pleasant to read while still being... Read more
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