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Making light of grim reality,
This review is from: Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 (Paperback)
This book is a reminder for all those of us who hated the successive Conservative governments from 1979 - 1997 of how bad things were in the Labour party through much of that period and why such a radical change in the party's ideology was required to make it electable. O'Farrell's deadpan despondency allows the self-deprecating humour in the book to balance what is otherwise a pretty depressing tale (at least for Labour supporters). Being an apparent contemporary of O'Farrell this book resonated with me from first page to last, a reminder of how grim life really was under Thatcher as the cult of the individual replaced the common good of society. It won't appeal to everyone but for those with an eye to history, including social history and particularly that peculiar British trait of making fun of bad situations, there is much to recommend this book.