When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies by Andy Beckett - review by Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen

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When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies


Faber & Faber 592pp £20

Andy Beckett was born in 1969. ‘I have been hearing what was wrong with Britain and British politics in the Seventies all my adult life,’ he complains. ‘No other theme has been as unrelenting. The Seventies were grim. The Seventies were the hangover from the Sixties. The Seventies were violent. The Seventies were a dead end. Above all: we don’t want to go back to the Seventies.’

Want it or not, that seems to be where we’re heading – back to recession and unemployment, terrorism and environmental apocalypse. Cinemas offer The Baader Meinhof Complex, Milk, Frost/Nixon and singalong screenings of Mamma Mia! The BBC is making a new series of The Fall and Rise of

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