ED2011 Book Reviews

Andy McSmith & Dominic Sandbrook – The 70s And 80s, Britain’s Revolution

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2011

“How important do you feel Margaret Thatcher was?” asks Ruth Wishart of Andy McSmith, at the opening of their talk about Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. McSmith’s response is immediate: Thatcher was “the most significant peacetime leader since the nineteenth century, for good or ill.” And this is the general gist of the event; they cover trade unionism, cultural changes and even the Swinging Sixties, but everything returns to Mrs Thatcher. As a chance to discuss Britain’s fascinating recent history with two men who are clearly very knowledgeable about the field, this event is absolutely perfect: facts come thick and fast, filtered through Sandbrook and McSmith’s affable wit, and their debates with audience members are remarkable.

Peppers Theatre, 14 Aug, 2.30pm (3.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp9.