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Beacon for Change: How the 1951 Festival of Britain Shaped the Modern Age Hardcover – 24 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (24 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135249
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A scintillating new history of the festival of Britain.’ - Richard Morrison

(The Times)

‘This fascinating book chronicles the ambitious cultural event that transformed London’s South Bank’

(Daily Telegraph)

‘This is an outstanding retelling of the 1951 Festival of Britain story to greet this year’s 60th anniversary: immensely readable, never short on detail and analysis.’

(Classical Music)

‘Beacon for Change has great nostalgic appeal for those who lived through the fast changing fifties’

(Best of British)

'A sprightly and engaging history…highly informative and peppered with shrewd judgments.’

(History Today)

About the Author

Barry Turner is a distinguished historian and author of many books including Outpost of Occupation, Countdown to Victory and Suez 1956. He has been a full-time writer for thirty years, and before that wrote as a teacher and journalist. He has written and produced documentaries on a variety of arts subjects and has made regular appearances on BBC current affairs programmes. After twenty years of success as editor of The Writer’s Handbook, Barry Turner was appointed editor of the annual Statesman’s Yearbook. He now writes for The Times and is the founder of the National Academy of Writing. Barry Turner lives in London and in south-west France.

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