Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s

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'A  masterly mix of shrewd analysis, historical detail and telling quotes... Indispensable’ Mail on Sunday

'Among a host of recent books on the 1980s, Turner's stands out as comfortably the most entertaining’ Sunday Times

When Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in 1979 she promised to bring harmony where once there had been discord. But Britain entered the 1980s bitterly divided over its future. At stake were the souls of the great population boom of the 1960s. Would they buy into the free-market, patriotic agenda of Thatcherism? Or the anti-racist, anti-sexist liberalism of the new left?

From the miners’ strike, the Falklands War and the spectre of AIDS, to Yes Minister, championship snooker and Boy George, Rejoice! Rejoice! steps back in time to relive the decade when the Iron Lady sought to remake Britain. What it discovers is a thoroughly foreign country.

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'Big hair, big money, big polictics: an entertaining guide to Thatcher's decade.' -- 'Must Read', Culture, The Sunday Times

'Dazzling overview of a demonised decade.' -- Mojo

'...Alwyn Turner's breathless romp through the 1980s overflows with unusual juxtapositions and surprising insights.' -- Culture, The Sunday Times

Alywn Turner has followed up Crisis? What Crisis? his acclaimed history of the 1970s with a witty, informed look at what came after.
-- Hamstead and Highgate Express

I also loved Alwyn Turner's splendid Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s... -- Dominic Sandbrook, New Statesman, November 2010

Readers of his book about the 1970s, Crisis? What Crisis?, will know of his talent for interpreting the politics of an epoch through its popular culture. -- Financial Times, November, 2010

This kaleidoscopic history...provides a vivid and enjoyable guide to these turbulent years. -- BBC History Magazine, August 2010

Turner has produced a masterly mix of shrewd analysis, historical detail and telling quotes....Indispensible.

***** -- Mail on Sunday, June, 2010

Among a host of recent books on the 1980s, Turner's stands out as comfortably the most entertaining.
-- The Sunday Times: Books of the Year

About the Author:

Alwyn W. Turner is the author of Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s and Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s, both also published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock and My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock.

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