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5.0 out of 5 stars It's in the detail., 10 July 2014
This review is from: 1965: The Year Modern Britain was Born (Hardcover)
I used to think that a decade was the more appropriate time period for a detailed analysis – particularly when it was the subject matter of a book – but focussing like this does on just 1965 had some surprises in store. I have a great interest in the era as a whole so thought I would check it out. Actually I wanted to know why particularly 1965?
Firstly I wondered if just one year could feature so large that it could take the analysis of a book – and still remain a worthwhile read. Mind you, as the author has cleverly identified, 1965 really wasn’t like any other in the decade. Churchill’s death was of course pivotal – a massive moment in our cultural history (I remember it clearly and I was only 6), but this year was also monumental for music and the Arts, and many other important areas of social progress and change. It was only as the pages went by that these facts became clear.
Bray couldn’t have packed any more detail into this book. For that reason it’s really not a book I felt I could read at speed, particularly as I wanted to retain much from it. The insights into R.D. Laing were particularly interesting, as were the larger references to cultural giants of the day Bob Dylan, Lennon & McCartney, T.S. Eliot (who died a few streets from Churchill in the same month I discovered), and even Mary Whitehouse. Censorship issues are covered in much detail here.
It’s clear that a lot of time and thought has been put into this book. This is why it is a definite 5 star. It’s the detail that particularly makes this book for me.
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