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Bake Off, craft ale, historical novels: How the financial crash sent us on a headlong retreat into nostalgia

Rather than getting angry and radical, we’ve become more culturally conservative

It’s Saturday night and there you both are, lounging on the sofa in your his-and-hers slankets, freshly microwaved fish pies balanced on your laps, and the telly muffling, if not quite drowning out, the sound of your neighbours rowing. Again. Because it’s 2008 and along with eating out, divorce is now just another item on a long list of indulgences that the average Briton can…

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