A highly praised new history of that most turbulent of decades: the 1980s.
Andy McSmith has been chief reporter of the Independent newspaper since April 2007, having previously been a political correspondent on the same paper, and political editor of the Independent on Sunday and chief political correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Observer. He lives in London.
It was a wild, wild decade: strong politics, riots, revival, bad hair, great comedy, some dreadful music, lurid newspapers and a war or two. The Margaret Thatcher rollercoaster carried so many of us into today's Britain, with so many bumps and shrieks, that it needs a writer of cool judgement and a reporter who misses nothing to tell its story. Andy McSmith has managed it, ranging from barcodes to TVam, feminism to Torvill and Dean, and Sloane Rangers to flying pickets. It's hard to see how this account could be bettered. - Andrew MarrMcSmith has a sharp eye for a revealing story. - The Sunday TimesA fine account of the decade. - Independent on Sunday....an enjoyable romp through the decade. - The SpectatorA rollicking read. - Metro(McSmith) presents his views and his recollections clearly, accurately and accessibly in a very readable, social document. - The Scotsman