Reviews

  • Magnificent ... if you lived through the late Seventies - or, for that matter, even if you didn't - don't miss this book

    Mail on Sunday
  • Sandbrook has created a specific style of narrative history, blending high politics, social change and popular culture ... always readable and assured ... Anyone who genuinely believes we have never been so badly governed should read this splendid book

    Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times
  • [Sandbrook] has a remarkable ability to turn a sow's ear into a sulk purse. His subject is depressing, but the book itself is a joy ... [it] benefits from an exceptional cast of characters ... As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, without doubt, superb ... [he] is an engaging history capable of impressive insight ... When discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful ... Seasons in the Sun is a familiar story, yet seldom has it been told with such verve

    Gerard DeGroot, Seven
  • [A] brilliant historian ... I had never fully appreciated what a truly horrible period it was until reading Sandbrook ... You can see all these strange individuals - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - less as free agents expressing their own thoughts, than as the inevitable consequence of the economic and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts

    A. N. Wilson, Spectator
  • Nuanced ... Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural life of the era to remind us how rich it was, from Bowie to Dennis Potter, Martin Amis to William Golding

    Damian Whitworth, The Times
  • Sharply and fluently written ... entertaining ... By making you quite nostalgic for the present, Sandbrook has done a public service

    Evening Standard