The Festival of Britain: A Land and Its People Paperback – 30 Apr 2012
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'...a fascinating history of post-war Britain picking itself up... The Festival of Britain: A Land and its People is a detailed survey of a country rebuilding itself and provides a vital chapter in the history of British design.' (Creative Review)
'This book does a wonderful job of describing what went on behind the scenes and why the exhibitions were such a great success. What a shame it was not written before the Millennium disaster as it really is a perfect primer on how to create an inspirational festival.' (Terence Conran)
'Harriet Atkinson provides an excellent account of a key event in twentieth-century British cultural history.' (David Matless)
'Most studies of the Festival of Britain have concentrated on 'the Festival style' (atoms and whimsy), or on the ways in which the buildings of the South Bank exhibition introduced visitors to modern architecture for the first time. Harriet Atkinson's book is about something deeper: the relationship between the 1951 exhibitions across the country and 'love of land and history', a modern urban version of the Picturesque which aimed to reconcile tradition and modernism and in the process reconstruct British identity after the disfigurements of war. The book is original, well-researched, judiciously illustrated and very revealing. The Festival of Britain will never seem quite the same again.' (Christopher Frayling)
'Superb' (The Good Book Guide)
'Fascinating and entertaining.' (Geographical)
'Impressive, incisive and insightful.' (Twentieth Century British History)
'Superb... a feat of research' (Contemporary Review)
'Splendidly illustrated... a meticulous and well-sourced account.' (Contemporary British History)
'A rich account... drawing on substantial archival research' (Cassone)
'Wonderful' --(Best of British)
'A rich account... drawing on substantial archival research' --Cassone
'Wonderful' --Best of British
About the Author
Harriet Atkinson was educated at the University of York, the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. She was co-editor of The Banham Lectures, and contributor to Findling & Pelle s Encyclopedia of World s Fairs and Expositions. She has written for various journals of art and design, as well as for The Guardian and The Independent. She is Research Fellow at the University of Brighton and lives in London with her husband and two children.