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Revolution in the head: Andy Beckett on the early Eighties

The birth of modern Britain

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

I have a short review of a new book by the Guardian journalist Andy Beckett in the latest issue of Prospect. “Promised You a Miracle” UK 80-82,” the sequel to “When the Lights Went Out,” Beckett’s magisterial history of the 1970s, is an “anatomy of the years 1980-82 and the first stirrings of what he calls Thatcherism’s ‘revolution in the head’.” One of the strengths of the book, it seems to me, is that Beckett doesn’t…

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