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In Reading: The 1950s Stuart Hylton gives a fascinating account of the town and its people during a decade of rapid and memorable change. The story begins in the drab atmosphere of the early postwar years, with their austerity, sense of shrinking empire and declining national prestige. It ends with the brash new world of the swinging sixties, which brought The Beatles, the miniskirt and the Mini car. From television and labour-saving appliances which revolutionised the home, to the motor car which began to dominate travel and to alter the haracter of the town, the author also records aspects of Reading that stayed much the same - the courage and humour of the townspeople in sometimes trying circumstances, the ingenuity and incompetence of the criminal classes, the absurdities of officialdom, and the sheer diversity of local life as it emerges from reports in the press. Capturing the spirit of the population during an era of bewildering development and change, this is a must-have for locals and anybody with an interest in the history of the town.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 12mm | 280g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0752493531
  • 9780752493534
  • 1,537,427

About Stuart Hylton

Stuart Hylton, born and bred in Berkshire, worked as a town planner in Reading from 1980 to 1998, where he eventually became Head of Planning and Environmental Health and Head of Strategic Planning and Transport for all Berkshire's local authorities. He is the author of 16 books on historical subjects and has written several titles on Reading, where he now lives.show more

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In Reading: The 1950s Stuart Hylton gives a fascinating account of the town and its people during a decade of rapid and memorable change. The book recalls how television and labour-saving appliances revolutionised the home, and how the motor car began to dominate travel and to alter the character of the town. It shows too how launderettes, multistory carparks and other innovations were regarded with suspicion or as miracles of modern technology. But the author also records aspects of Reading that stayed much the same - the courage and humour of the townspeople in sometimes trying circumstances, the ingenuity and the incompetence of the criminal classes, the absurdities of officialdom, and the sheer diversity of local life as it emerges from reports in the press. His story captures the spirit of the population during an era of bewildering development and change, and his book reminds us that the values and attitudes of 1950s Reading belong to a world that is vastly different to our own.show more

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