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A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310687
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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***** “The field of instant history now attracts some of this country’s liveliest and most intelligent writers ... Alwyn W. Turner ranks high among them: ravenously inquisitive, darkly comical and coolly undeceived... Turner is a master of the telling detail... His research is phenomenal. There seems to be no haystack through which he has not rummaged in search of every needle... Turner has a talent for zooming in and out from the general to the particular and back again. This means he is able at one and the same time to see both the wood and the trees... A Year In Provence, Squidgygate, the Chippendales, Cool Britannia, Black Wednesday, Swampy, Robert Maxwell, ‘Something of the Night’; Alwyn W. Turner conjures them all up, as vivid and eerie as a dream.” 

(Craig Brown Mail on Sunday - 'Book of the Week')

“Like his previous histories of the Seventies and Eighties, A Classless Society is an extraordinarily comprehensive work. Turner writes brilliantly, creating a compelling narrative of the decade, weaving contrasting elements together with a natural storyteller’s aplomb… engaging and unique.”

(Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and Skagboys Daily Telegraph)

“Superb. I was a journalist throughout the 1990s, but did not notice a tenth of what Turner has seen or write about it half as well.” 

(Nick Cohen, author of What's Left?)

“John Major may have struggled to create a country at ease with itself, but Alwyn Turner’s seductive blend of political analysis, social reportage and cultural immersion puts him wonderfully at ease with his readers.” 

(David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain)

“Alwyn Turner comprehensively explodes the notion that knowing so much about the 20th century makes a coherent historical account impossible. A Classless Society is an illuminating, admirably inclusive and perhaps essential guide to understanding what just happened. An invaluable English document.”

(Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and From Hell)

"[Turner has] immense gifts as a chronicler and historian - as a first take on a decade whose wounds remain partially open, this is essential reading."

(Daily Telegraph - 'Books of the Year')

"Tremendously entertaining... As a historian Turner is probably his own worst enemy — which I mean as a compliment. His book has plenty of acute insights, as well as a sensible thesis that the 1990s saw the establishment of a new post-Thatcher settlement, based on economic and social liberalism. But the stories are just so good, and often so funny, that you keep forgetting about the argument... How often, after all, do you read a book that has equally interesting things to say about Britain's exit from the ERM, the advent of Loaded magazine and the rise of Alan Partridge?"

(Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

"Lively and illuminating ... To read Turner's book is like looking back over the recent past through a new set of eyes."

(John Preston Daily Mail - 'History Books of the Year')

"This was the decade dominated by Sir John Major and his Tory government's slow walk to electoral annihilation: a time of rows over Europe and over traffic cones, of a political promise to restore Victorian values and then a rash of Westminster sex scandals. It was the decade of New Labour's gilded rise... Yet these developments, Alwyn Turner argues compellingly, were not the point of Britain's fin de siècle. What mattered was happening elsewhere... meticulously and magnificently described."

(The Economist)

"His many-tentacled frame of reference is staggering... Scarcely a paragraph goes by without a killer detail or illuminating anecdote... the value of this book lies, above all, in the extraordinary amount of material it synthesises. It’s easy to see it becoming still more essential as time goes on."


About the Author

ALWYN W. TURNER is the author of Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s and Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s, both published by Aurum Press. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock and My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock.

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