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Family Britain, 1951-1957 (Tales of a New Jerusalem) Hardcover – 2 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747583854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747583851
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I could quote forever from this magnificent book. Professor Kynaston is the most entertaining historian alive, and his Tales of a New Jerusalem, when concluded, will undoubtedly be the first stop for any reader interested in the vitality, rather than the general contours, of this long period. --The Spectator<br \><br \>Kynaston's book is a deeply textured tapestry of everyday life the day before yesterday, a collage of diaries and memoirs every bit as rich and rewarding as a great Victorian novel... Kynaston is a master of these kinds of stories, funny and touching by turns... Plenty of historians have written about it before. But none have captured it better or with more human sympathy than David Kynaston, in this deeply researched, richly detailed and very moving book. --The Telegraph<br \><br \>David Kynaston selects his words with the precise and evocative care of a Metaphysical poet exploring a new-found land... It is the great strength of Kynaston's almost Shakespearian approach to social history -- a vast canvas, huge detail, imaginative empathy and wise authorial neutrality -- that he allows one half of his readers to wallow comfortably in nostalgia while the other half shudders with relief that the 1950s are half a century behind us... On almost every page there is an arresting detail, statistic or quotation. --The Sunday Times<br \><br \>The second volume of David Kynaston's chronicle of postwar Britain has the virtues of the first - insight into the concerns of everyday people as well as those of their rulers.
--The Observer<br \><br \>`Marvellously entertaining' --Philip Hensher, Spectator Books of the Year<br \><br \>`Kynaston has dredged reminiscences, diaries, political archives, newspapers and magazines for every scrap of interest and detail.' --Joan Bakewell, Observer Books of the Year<br \><br \>`David Kynaston, in the brilliant second volume of his social history of Britain, has taken a microscope, and then a sharp scalpel, to that one-dimensional halcyon memory ... weaving an intricate tapestry of the national mood' --Ben Macintyre, Times

`With his second brick-sized volume, Family Britain 1951-57, David Kynaston magnificently continues his sociocultural history of postwar Britain, bringing my formative years into sharper focus on every page' --Philip French, Observer Books of the Year

`David Kynaston has done it again ... he has created a living, breathing, talking, singing, dancing, grumbling and complaining portrait of the British as they used to be'
--Literary Review

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Family Britain continues David Kynaston's groundbreaking series Tales of a New Jerusalem, telling as never before the story of Britain from VE Day in 1945 to the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.
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