1970s London : Discovering the Capital Paperback / softback
by Alec Forshaw
Following a sheltered childhood and a sequestered education in Cambridge, and having missed out on the swinging sixties, Alec Forshaw was ready for a dose of the wider world.
London in the early 1970s was where the lights shone brightest.
In reality, it was still a city struggling to find its post-war identity, full of declining industries and derelict docklands, a townscape blighted by undeveloped bomb sites, demonic motorway proposals and slum clearance schemes.
The streets were full of costermongers and greasy-spoon cafes, but enlivened by ghettos of immigrants and student culture.
Ideas of traffic constraint and recycling rubbish were in their infancy.
It was a decade which saw the three-day week, the Notting Hill riots and the last of the anti-Vietnam war protests. This sequel to Growing Up in Cambridge portrays the London of over thirty years ago as it appeared to a young man in his twenties, finding his feet, coming of age, and stumbling across the sights and sounds of an extraordinary city.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2011
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9780752456911