Britain in the 1970s...
... was a funny old place. For the most part, we struggled to find our place in the world, and with memories of our empire fading fast we threw ourselves unenthusiastically into a 'united Europe'. Meanwhile, at home we lurched from strike to strike, endured one economic crisis after another, and entered (it is claimed by many) something of a cultural vacuum.
But say what you will about the decade that taste forgot, many of us grew up in the '70s, others were perhaps born there ... and many maybe even enjoyed them. Well, a little bit at least.
This website is, quite unashamedly, a vehicle for the marketing of my book In the News: the 1970s - available in a myriad of formats (see right). But the decade 1970-79 is such an interesting period that I thought I'd pad it out with all sorts of bits and pieces to keep you entertained. If you enjoy the ride, then please consider saying 'thank you' by purchasing the book.
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In the News: the 1970s takes a look at eighteen of the most prominent news stories of the decade - from a slightly-cynical UK perspective.
The book was born out of a curiosity for the major news stories that were around when I was growing up. Like many of my generation, I could remember them but I couldn't really recall much in the way of fine detail.
If you were born before, say, the late 1960s, you should recollect most of the news stories contained therein. We have Watergate, the Moon landings, decimalisation, joining the Common Market, North Sea Oil, the ever-present threat of the Cold War and the absurdity of the Cod War. And the decade was full of giants: Ali, Amin, Lucan, Pol Pot, the Ripper and Jeremy Thorpe (who?) - plus the shenanigans surrounding the likes of Anthony Blunt and Sid Vicious. Throw in the 1970 World Cup, Bloody Sunday and the world's first Test Tube Baby and we've plenty to get excited about.
An extensive 1970s 'News Chronology' closes the book.
Please note that you can preview a large chunk of the book via the 'Kindle edition' link below...
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There are lots of ways to get your hands on In the News: the 1970s...
PDF from the author (ask by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hard copy via Lulu.com - you have to register at the site for free
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