We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: The Bodley Head, 2008, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: Bounded by the Great War on one side and by the looming shadow of the Second World War on the other, the inter-war period has characteristically been portrayed as a time of unremitting poverty, rising crime and mass unemployment.
In this lively and thought-provoking new book, however, the acclaimed historian vividly shows how the British people reacted to the privations of wartime by indulging in leisure and entertainment activities of all kinds from dancing and cinema going to smoking, football pools and paid holidays. He explodes the myths of a nation of unwed women, revealing that in the 1930s the institution of marriage was reaching its heyday, and points to a rise in real incomes, improvements in diet and health and the spread of cheap luxuries.
The result is an extraordinary, engaging work of history that presents us with a fresh perspective and brings out both the strangeness and the familiarity of this point in time.
Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 495 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I charm you with my array of books shown in my Social History catalogue?