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I had my childhood and early adolescence through the 80's. I remember lots of the events happening, but didn't really understand why. This is a great listen. I didn't find it particularly biased, but informative and extremely touching. So many things occured in the 80's that shaped the world we live in today. I often found myself welling up whilst sitting on the train and had to get my sunglasses out! It's almost unreal to think that things we simply would not tolerate these days were the norm only 30 or so years ago.
Whatever your age or your memories of this time, listen and be amazed.
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I was born in 1982 and left the UK in 1986 for nearly 20 years. I needed this book to fill the big gap in my understanding of British history during that 1980s period. So many events of today make sense now. Silly it my sound, but I never thought of the movers and shakers of today having their roots in the 1980s. Gordon Brown is mentioned, as is Tony Blair. The Wapping strike and Rupert Murdoch breaking the unions. Unions in general, which are now making a bit of a comeback into the national news. It covers culture, history, economics, fashion, women's history, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite) history, racial history, sports history, and more. Events that are now having anniversaries, like the Hillsborough disaster, are covered. Ultimately, McSmith brought everything together so I could see how it fit together and how it lead to our present situation in the UK.
I found the narration excellent and the book itself fascinating. One of the most valuable books I've read/listened to in several years.
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Would you listen to No Such Thing as Society again? Why?
Perhaps. There was a lot in there.
What was one of the most memorable moments of No Such Thing as Society?
When Sir Geoffrey Howe, a man memorably compared to a sheep, sat through a public tongue lashing and humiliation from Thatcher, and then walked out in a remarkably memorable manner, setting up Thatcher for the coup de grace.
Which character – as performed by David Holt – was your favorite?
They were interesting, but one dimensional. This is a history, not a novel. If pressed to choose, I'd say Michael Heseltine or Nigel Lawson held tremendous potential, but theirrole was limited to the narrative.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The destruction of ancient mining and industrial communities. A development that we are only beginning to come to appreciate the full implications of.
Any additional comments?
Despite the impression the above comments might give, as a child of the 1980s, I enjoyed this book - a touch of Adrian Mole, with just a sprinkling of William Shirer or Gibbons. I had it in my wishlist for 3 years and am glad I finally listened to it.
The book covers many topics about
The life of the British people from race riots, politics , cost of living , poor vs the rich, music, pop stars etc. well written With an excellent narrator