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superb social history of a memorable decade
on 5 September 2013
I remember the 1990s well and reading this superbly written account of those years brings so much of it all back, almost as if I was living those years again, only with the great advantage of knowing how it turns out. (I wish I had known that on the day interest rates hit 15% when the UK left the ERM) I had forgotten about the cones hotline though, and Pavarotti in the park - there is so much here to remember or to learn about
This is social history at its best - the key political figures and events in a decade dominated by John Major, which forms the first part of the book, and then from 1997 by Tony Blair, which forms the second part, are covered in entertaining and enjoyable chapters. There is lots here too about how our lives changed in the 1990s - the rising popularity of reality TV, the vast sums of money coming into the football premier league, and the arrival of players from all over the word, society's changing attitudes to homosexuality, the reactions across the country to the death of Princess Diana, along with much more, are covered in this fascinating book,which manages to hit, for me, just the right balance between readability and weightiness.