Austerity Britain: A World to Build, Paperback

Austerity Britain: A World to Build Paperback

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David Kynaston's "Austerity Britain 1945-51", the first book in his series "Tales of a New Jerusalem", was a major "Sunday Times" bestseller in 2007.

Here is the first volume from this landmark book covering 1945-48.

Beginning his groundbreaking series about post-war Britain, Kynaston presents our nation through the eyes of those who lived there.

Meet Judy Haines, a Chingford housewife, struggling daily with food rationing; Henry St.

John, a self-serving civil servant in Bristol; and, the young Glenda Jackson, taking her 11-plus.

Using mass observation, diaries, letters, newspapers and magazines from the time, "A World to Build" is an unsurpassed social history: intensely evocative to those who were there and eye-opening for their children and grandchildren.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780747585404



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A very readable account of this period. Using diaries, letters newspapers, mass observation etc you get a real feel of what people were thinking and what everyday life was like. Class consciousness was alive and kicking still, despite the war which had, temporarily it seems, brought everyone together.

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The first part of a wonderful social history of the British Nation. Mr. Kynaston plans take the story from 1945 to 1979 as told by diaries, movies, plays and not very boring civil service reports. In these pages are the lives of people from not forgotten nation, of ration coupons, smoking in public, no e-mail, and a nation rebuilding for a great war. Great fun!

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