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Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 2009 edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007244274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007244270
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'delightfully unorthodox history..The strangest decade has received the treatment it has long deserved' Book of The Week Time Out

'This gallery of grotesques is great fun' TLS

'fascinating, wonderfully funny and curiously terrifying' Waterstones Books Quarterly

'wonderfully deadpan and precise writer' The Scotsman

'Wheen expertly controls the reins, pacing the narrative just right so there is always the desire to be led further into the maze of '70's madness. Wheen is surely our most eminent satirical writer, and I just hope that he is looking at our present decade through the same lens, and is just as busy getting that book ready' Tribune

'Wheen's view of the Seventies in Britain is unrelentingly grim' The Spectator

'hugely entertaining…Wheen has a tremendous sense of the absurd' Independent on Sunday

'What makes this book such an outrageously funny, entertaining read is the stream of anecdotes, from the Oz obscenity trial to the mercenary coup plotters who fly into the Seychelles posing as rugby-playing members of the fictitious Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, their weapons hidden in their luggage under piles of toys 'for disabled children'. Not even the most outrageous novelist could make this kind of stuff up, but perhaps only a writer of Francis Wheen's skill and touch could turn it into a book as glorious, memorable and laugh-out-loud hilarious as this.' Literary Review

'Wheen's high-octaine, rollicking and impressionistic survey' Mail on Sunday

‘First review of Francis Wheen's brilliant Strange Days Indeed ran at the weekend:'Wheen couldn't write a dull book if he tried…And while not even he could make the 1970s likeable, few could make the crimes, follies and misfortunes of that wretched decade so entertaining' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times.

About the Author

Francis Wheen is an author and journalist who was named Columnist of the Year for his contributions to the Guardian. He a regular contributor to Private Eye and is the author of several books, including a highly acclaimed biography of Karl Marx which has been translated into twenty-two languages and the bestselling How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. He recently wrote the screen play for The Lavender List, a biopic on Harold Wilson's last days in government. His collected journalism, Hoo-Hahs and Passing Frenzies, won the George Orwell prize in 2003.


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