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A Classless Society

Seeking out the essence of a beguiling decade

By DJ Taylor   October 2013

A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s by Alwyn W Turner (Aurum, £25)

Professor Treece in Malcolm Bradbury’s Eating People is Wrong suspects that the 1950s are “dissolving curiously under his grasp.” The same could be said of the 1990s. The end of something, or the beginning of something? A halfway house between changing social and political styles, or the same old muddling through? To Alywn W Turner this was a decade of adaptation and realignment, in which the British began to acclimatise themselves to a series of moral and behavioural…

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