Seasons in the Sun
The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
Date of publication: March 2013
Publisher: Allen Lane
This title is Dominic Sandbrook's magnificent account of the late 1970s in Britain - the book behind the major BB2 series "The Seventies". In this gloriously colourful book, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the extraordinary period of the late 1970s in all its chaos and contradiction, revealing it as a decisive point in our recent history. Across the country, a profound argument about the future of the nation was being played out, not just in families and schools but in everything from episodes of "Doctor Who" to singles by the Clash.
These years saw the peak of trade union power and the apogee of an old working-class Britain - but also the birth of home computers, the rise of the ready meal and the triumph of the Grantham grocer's daughter who would change our history forever. Reviews: "Magnificent ...if you lived through the late Seventies - or, for that matter, even if you didn't - don't miss this book". ("Mail on Sunday").
"Sandbrook has created a specific style of narrative history, blending high politics, social change and popular culture ...always readable and assured...Anyone who genuinely believes we have never been so badly governed should read this splendid book". (Stephen Robinson, "Sunday Times"). "[Sandbrook] has a remarkable ability to turn a sow's ear into a sulk purse.
His subject is depressing, but the book itself is a joy ...[it] benefits from an exceptional cast of characters...As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, without doubt, superb ...[he] is an engaging history capable of impressive insight...When discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful..."Seasons in the Sun" is a familiar story, yet seldom has it been told with such verve". (Gerard DeGroot, "Seven"). "A brilliant historian...I had never fully appreciated what a truly horrible period it was until reading Sandbrook...You can see all these strange individuals - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - less as free agents expressing their own thoughts, than as the inevitable consequence of the economic and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts".