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Dominic Sandbrook
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19 April 2012

Dominic Sandbrook's magnificent account of the late 1970s in Britain - the book behind the major BB2 series The Seventies

In this gloriously colourful book, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the extraordinary period of the late 1970s in all its chaos and contradiction, revealing it as a decisive point in our recent history. Across the country, a profound argument about the future of the nation was being played out, not just in families and schools but in everything from episodes of Doctor Who to singles by the Clash. These years saw the peak of trade union power and the apogee of an old working-class Britain - but also the birth of home computers, the rise of the ready meal and the triumph of the Grantham grocer's daughter who would change our history forever.

Reviews:

'Magnificent ... if you lived through the late Seventies - or, for that matter, even if you didn't - don't miss this book' Mail on Sunday

'Sandbrook has created a specific style of narrative history, blending high politics, social change and popular culture ... always readable and assured ... Anyone who genuinely believes we have never been so badly governed should read this splendid book' Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times

'[Sandbrook] has a remarkable ability to turn a sow's ear into a sulk purse. His subject is depressing, but the book itself is a joy ... [it] benefits from an exceptional cast of characters ... As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, without doubt, superb ... [he] is an engaging history capable of impressive insight ... When discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful ... Seasons in the Sun is a familiar story, yet seldom has it been told with such verve' Gerard DeGroot, Seven

'A brilliant historian ... I had never fully appreciated what a truly horrible period it was until reading Sandbrook ... You can see all these strange individuals - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - less as free agents expressing their own thoughts, than as the inevitable consequence of the economic and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts' A. N. Wilson, Spectator

'Nuanced ... Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural life of the era to remind us how rich it was, from Bowie to Dennis Potter, Martin Amis to William Golding' Damian Whitworth, The Times

'Sharply and fluently written ... entertaining ... By making you quite nostalgic for the present, Sandbrook has done a public service' Evening Standard

About the author:

Born in Shropshire ten days before the October 1974 election, Dominic Sandbrook was educated at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge. He is the author of three hugely acclaimed books on post-war Britain: Never Had It So Good, White Heat and State of Emergency, and two books on modern American history, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell. A prolific reviewer and columnist, he writes regularly for the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman and BBC History.



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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846140323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846140327
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandbrook has created a specific style of narrative history, blending high politics, social change and popular culture ... always readable and assured ... Anyone who genuinely believes we have never been so badly governed should read this splendid book (Stephen Robinson Sunday Times )

[Sandbrook] has a remarkable ability to turn a sow's ear into a sulk purse. His subject is depressing, but the book itself is a joy ... [it] benefits from an exceptional cast of characters ... As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, without doubt, superb ... [he] is an engaging history capable of impressive insight ... When discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful ... Seasons in the Sun is a familiar story, yet seldom has it been told with such verve (Gerard Degroot Seven )

[A] brilliant historian ... I had never fully appreciated what a truly horrible period it was until reading Sandbrook ... You can see all these strange individuals - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - less as free agents expressing their own thoughts, than as the inevitable consequence of the economic and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts (A. N. Wilson Spectator )

Nuanced ... Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural life of the era to remind us how rich it was, from Bowie to Dennis Potter, Martin Amis to William Golding (Damian Whitworth The Times )

Sharply and fluently written ... entertaining ... By making you quite nostalgic for the present, Sandbrook has done a public service (Evening Standard )

About the Author

Born in Shropshire ten days before the October 1974 election, Dominic Sandbrook was educated at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge. He is the author of three hugely acclaimed books on post-war Britain: Never Had It So Good, White Heat and State of Emergency, and two books on modern American history, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell. A prolific reviewer and columnist, he writes regularly for the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman and BBC History.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RE-LIVE THE LATE SEVENTIES. 30 April 2013
By Dalgety
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I have read all four of Domininic Sanbrooks books on Britain 1956-1979 and in my view this one was by far the best!I am mainly interested in political history and in the earlier volumes one found the narrative flow being interrupted by chapters about football and pop music.In this book the politics are so exciting and engrossing that such diversions are kept to a minimum.The narrative flows smoothly from Harold Wilson returning to Downing Street in March 1974 and Mrs. Thatcher arriving there in May 1979.The villains of the story are Tony Benn ,with his limpet -like clinging to office long after he had ceased to agree with anything the government did and the incompetent but arrogant Trade Union barons ,who destroyed the most union-friendly government there had ever been and ensured it would be replaced by a virulently anti-Trade Union government ever!
Harold Wilson emerges as a broken, pathetic figure ,unable to take hard decisions and having his energy sapped by pointless, trivial rows started by the now forgotten Marcia Falkender.However the heroine is not really Margaret Thatcher -she emerges ,before she became puffed up by success and the flattery of her pals in the media, as a curiosly tentative and unsure figure -often bested in the House of Commons by Callaghan and even the much- diminished Wilson.In fact it is revealing to get a look ,thanks to Sandbrook, at the pre-"Iron Lady" ,pre-Falklands Thatcher.
No!- the real hero of the book is the flawed hero- Jim Callaghan.He struggles manfully with economic crisis , no parliamentary majority and a a Labour Party that was bitterly divided and often unhelpful.Eventually ,by January 1979-betrayed by his union allies -he virtually gives up and drifts to disaster but after what he had been through -who could really blame him?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 April 2013
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Very enjoyable mix of politics and culture taking you back to this fascinating time. Read it in a few days, a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 3 Jun 2013
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It reads like the best sort of page-turner - a barely believable plot, a fine eye for grim detail and an array of bizarre and sometimes grotesque characters (Marcia Falkender and Jeremy Thorpe to name but two). The chapters devoted to the events in Downing Street, whether under Wilson or Callaghan, are jaw-dropping and Sandbrook's ability to mix high and low culture is, as always, highly revealing, all making for a compelling and very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did we survive this? 1 Sep 2013
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This is a BIG book. I first ordered it from the local library but it was almost too big to handle and I couldn't see myself getting through it in the required time. I've now bought it for my Kindle and what a splendid and illuminating read it is of a period of recent history which I remember so well but which, on reading this, I realise I knew so little. Dominic Sandbrook is an excellent historian but, thankfully, he's a good story-teller too and this journey through the turbulent years of the Wilson and Callaghan years with the looming presence of Thatcher on the horizon. A cracking good read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 23 April 2013
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I bought this after state of emergency and haven't been disappointed. The author writes in a flowing easy to read style and really encapsulates the events of the 70s. I was a young child in the era he describes and it's been fascinating to gain a deeper insight into what was going on on Britain at that time. Thoroughly recommend it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kind of book I wish I could write 25 April 2013
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Fascinating history of the late seventies - a period I lived in but am too young to have first-hand memory of (rather like Dominic Sanbrook himself, only 6 months older than me). Sandbrook is stronger on the politics than on the pop-culture but the book does remind us that today's economic problems are nothing new under the sun, only now we don't have such interesting personalities running the show. A very interesting read overall and I will in due course be looking up the other entries in the series... White Heat next perhaps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories 29 May 2013
By traveller TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As I was a teenager in the 70's this book brought back a lot of memories - and it added to my knowledge and understanding of the political and social changes taking place around me - I remember the three day week, having to do homework by candlelight and the seemingly never-ending strikes. Well written and well researched, this is an excellent account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read- whether you were there or not 21 Feb 2014
By oldhasbeen VINE VOICE
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This book covers the history of Britain during my youth, of which the author can have little memory- he was born in 1974 - but it seems like he lived every moment of it, much of it pretty awful.

The labour government of the time doesn't come out very well, I agree with the author's view that Wilson's 74-76 administration was a strong candidate for the title of the worst government in living memory. He does, however, clearly regard Callaghan's administration as far better (and a little unlucky, in inheriting the pile of poo it did from Wilson) and has some admiration for several cabinet members of the time, e.g. Denis Healey, and especially Michael Foot; about Mssrs Benn and Crosland he doesn't bother hiding his contempt.

As for the opposition, Mrs T doesn't come out smelling of roses either - the author's analysis, which I found persuasive, is that she was "humming along with the national mood" rather than blazing a trail while in opposition, and until the Winter of Discontent, he performance was uninspiring, both to her party and the public.

A lot of good non-political stuff too, the author clearly enjoys delving into popular culture and sharing his (somethimes suprising) findings.

Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning from the 70s
His TV shows are good but this is brilliant. I am a child of the 60s so this book bring alive a cast of characters that bored me senseless as a child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Business Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and engaging journey through history
For someone of my vintage (born '68) - this is history as I dimly recall (I still remember the power cuts during Scooby Doo and have struggled to forgive the Unions for that! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave W
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, informative, fun
Sandbrook, unlike so many historians, knows how to handle the written word. As a result, his work is as readable as it is informative. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Hager
2.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent
This is OK, but it's not nearly as good as it's cracked up to be. The detail is interesting, but Sandbrook's rightwing slant has become ever more obvious as his series has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Last Days of Pompeii"
If witnessing some political events is like `watching a car crash', then reading this brilliant, compelling account of the 1970s is like reliving something similar but on a far... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Number13
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 5 Star Read
This is possibly one of the best history books I have ever read especially for a book that is telling the story of such recent history and a story that is about social history... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marcus Selmon
4.0 out of 5 stars social history at its best
the author is great in relating the recent history in his books, I grew up in these times. small print but engaging
Published 5 months ago by J. Jewels
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting period of history- but a chore to get through
I started this with good intentions. Its a period of history rich in source material and with plenty going on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Boxeyla
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
You cannot learn everything from one book and that's why I have a library of my own. Wish I could spare the time to read them all.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there and I now realise how bad things were then....
I was just starting my "career" in automotive industry at the time in 1974 when this book starts. The news on the radio was almost completely given over to trade union leaders... Read more
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