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Reading the Decades: Fifty Years of British History Through the Nation's Bestsellers

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From literary classic to cookery books, blockbuster airport novels to self-help manuals, this work is a portrait of Britain through the books that have inspired, excited, and forced us to part with our cash, from the 1950s to the present day.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by BBC Books
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A quick and engaging tour through 50 years of bestsellers in the UK. The author admits cheerfully that he hasn't read all the bestsellers and here and there it shows. For instance, I think that the title of Marilyn French's "The Women's Room" is not derived from Virginia Woolf but from the heroine's observation that a feminist hand has changed the lettering on the Ladies' Room to The Women's Room.

This is not a work of heavy literary criticism, but a cheerful romp through the changing literary t
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Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, an
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