Paul Addison

‘Authoritarian, Illiberal, Puritanical’

Family Britain 1951–1957


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David Kynaston has done it again. In the second volume of his Tales of a New Jerusalem series, which begins with the Festival of Britain in 1951 and ends with Eden’s resignation in 1957, he has created a living, breathing, talking, singing, dancing, grumbling and complaining portrait of the British as they used to be. Much of the book is about social structure, class, community, gender, marriage, the family and religion, hardly the kind of thing, we might suppose, to send it flying off the shelf. But Kynaston has found a way of combining the academic and the popular aspects of social history into a winning formula that is likely to appeal to the same wide audience as his previous book, Austerity Britain.

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