Description - Frostquake: The frozen winter of 1962 and how Britain emerged a different country by Juliet Nicolson
'This book is a must' Peter Hennessy
On Boxing Day 1962, when Juliet Nicolson was eight years old, the snow began to fall. It did not stop for ten weeks.
It wasn't just the weather that was bad. The threat of nuclear war had reached its terrifying height with the recent Cuban Missile Crisis, unemployment was on the rise and de Gaulle was blocking Britain from joining the European Economic Community.
And yet underneath the frozen surface, new life was beginning to stir. Satirists threatened the complacent decadence of the British establishment. A game-changing band from Liverpool topped the charts, becoming the ultimate symbol of an exuberant youthquake. And the Profumo Affair exposed racial and sexual prejudice. When the thaw came, ten weeks of extraordinary weather had acted as a catalyst between two distinct eras.
From poets to pop stars, shopkeepers to schoolchildren, and her own family's experiences, Juliet Nicolson traces the hardship of that frozen winter and the emancipation that followed. That spring, new life was unleashed, along with freedoms we take for granted today.
A 'book to look out for in 2021' in The Times & Sunday Times
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(224mm x 145mm x 33mm)
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