Bought 22 Dec 2008 – Amazon

A good use of my last batch of Amazon vouchers.  First in a four part series that will take us up to 1979  and the election of Thatcher, this is a wonderful, detailed, infinitely readable conglomeration of political and social history, crammed with excepts from diaries, letters, biographies and autobiographies, surveys and reports.  There’s a lot from the Mass Observation archive in here (prompting me to fill in my MO Winter Directive and send it in!) and the mixture of sources makes for an excellent and interesting read.

I can’t wait for the other volumes to come out and will probably pick them up in hardback, as this is an important and eminently re-readable work.