When the Iron Lady Ruled Britain
Ruled Britain When the Iron Lady Ruled Britain
Ruled Britain

When the Iron Lady Ruled Britain Ruled Britain

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‘The most striking aspect of revisiting the book and the era on which I was reporting is how little has changed – almost everything written then could be written about Britain today.’ Robert Chesshyre 


Returning to Britain in the mid-1980s after spending several years in the US as the Observer’s Washington correspondent, Robert Chesshyre found a country shockingly altered by the rule of ‘The Iron Lady’, then at the height of her popularity. Disturbed by the Britain he now found himself in, he set out to travel the length and breadth of the UK to report on the state of the nation and the lives of ordinary people.


The parallels between Britain’s predicament in the 1980s and in 2012 have never been so stark, and Chesshyre’s book casts a critical eye on the developments of the 1980s that were to shape ‘Broken Britain’ twenty-five years later: the ever-expanding gap between rich and poor, the boom and deregulation of the markets, the explosion of inner-city crime, and the gulf between north and south.


Originally published as The Return of a Native Reporter to widespread critical acclaim in 1987, this new edition includes a piece describing a revisit to the former Easington Colliery in 2010 and an extensive new foreword by the author. In its scope, its relevance and its insight, it is a profound and shocking reminder that ‘what we sowed then, we reap now’. 


'Brilliant, bleak.'  Andrew Marr 


'The effect... is deeply shocking... every Cabinet Minister should be forced to read this book. Superb.' Hanif Kureishi, TLS  


'In this meticulously researched book Chesshyre covers all the relevant issues... life in the US has sharpened his pen and he doesn't waste time pretending that beneath the squalor and inefficiency things here are really hunky-dory... I urge you to read this book.' Beryl Bainbridge, The Observer

GENRE
Biography
RELEASED
2012
14 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Alma Books
SIZE
1.5
MB

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