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The Sixties

The Sixties
 

Many books have been written on the Sixties - tributes to music and fashion, sex, drugs and revolution. This title dismantles the big ideas that dominated the era - liberation, permissiveness and self-invention - to consider what the author and her generation were really up to.

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ISBN 9781846680045
Barcode 9781846680045
Published 23 August 2010 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Diski, Jenny
Series Big Ideas
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781846680045
ISBN-10 1846680042
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 23 August 2010
International Publication Date 1 July 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Diski, Jenny
Series Big Ideas
Category Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 11mm
Weight 141g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 909.826092
Catalogue Code 108421

Description of this Book

Many books have been written on the Sixties: tributes to music and fashion, sex, drugs and revolution. In The Sixties , Jenny Diski breaks the mould, wryly dismantling the big ideas that dominated the era - liberation, permissiveness and self-invention - to consider what she and her generation were really up to. Was it rude to refuse to have sex with someone? Did they take drugs to get by, or to see the world differently? How responsible were they for the self-interest and greed of the Eighties? With characteristic wit and verve, Diski takes an incisive look at the radical beliefs to which her generation subscribed, little realising they were often old ideas dressed up in new forms, sometimes patterned by BIBA. She considers whether she and her peers were as serious as they thought about changing the world, if the radical Sixties were funded by the baby-boomers' parents, and if the big idea shaping the Sixties was that it really felt as if it meant something to be young.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Jenny Diski is one of Britain's sharpest social commentators, her writing distinguished by its bleak wit, its honesty and acerbity. The Sixties is Diski at her most characteristically brilliant' Financial Times 'I loved this book because it reminded me of so many small aspects of the Sixties I'd forgotten...surely it is better to have been a failed idealist than never one at all? Her book made me feel proud to be a Sixties relic' Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph 'This is as excellent and honest a guide as you will find through the myths and often misremembered days.' Joan Bakewell, Times 'Involving, buoyant, thought-provoking' Observer
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jenny Diski is the acclaimed author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. Her journalism has appeared the Sunday Times, Observer and London Review of Books among others. She lives in Cambridge.

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