Dan Jones

Baby Boom & Bust

The Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth


Icon 246pp £8.99 order from our bookshop

‘They fuck you up, your mum and dad.’ So begins Larkin’s ‘This Be The Verse’. It is a precise summary of this book’s thesis.

Modern Britain was built by the baby-boomers: the generation born between 1945 and 1955, who grew up in the Sixties and whose lives were shaped by the visionary reforms that followed the end of the Second World War.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • The entertaining Howard Jacobson is in conversation with Prof John Mullan at the Queen’s Park Book Festival on Sund… ,
    • 'A modest and retiring man, Thompson spent his life describing apple varieties and recommending the best – Ribston… ,
    • 'Macfarlane is a poet with the instincts of a thriller writer, an autodidact in botany, mycology, geology and palae… ,
    • 'Some scholars attribute Shakespeare’s pre-eminence to four centuries of propaganda and not to the fact that Hamlet… ,
    • RT : We would appreciate any retweets ,
    • We've just stumbled on a gem from the LR archive. The emoluments page from May 1995, in which one reviewer asked to… ,
    • Unlike Mary Shelley's monstrous creation, Jeanette Winterson's Frankenstein-inspired novel feels 'barely alive', sa… ,