In 1956 the Suez Crisis finally shattered the old myths of the British Empire and paved the way for the tumultuous changes of the decades to come. In NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD, Dominic Sandbrook takes a fresh look at the dramatic story of affluence and decline between 1956 and 1963. Arguing that historians have until now been besotted by the supposed cultural revolution of the Sixties, Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change. He explores the growth of a modern consumer society, the impact of immigration, the invention of modern pop music and the British retreat from empire. He tells the story of the colourful characters of the period, like Harold Macmillan, Kingsley Amis and Paul McCartney, and brings to life the experience of the first post-imperial generation, from the Notting Hill riots to the first Beatles hits, from the Profumo scandal to the cult of James Bond. In this strikingly impressive debut, he combines academic verve and insight with colourful, dramatic writing to produce a classic, ground-breaking work that will change forever how we think about the Sixties.
Burnley's league title victory of 1960 remains one of the most remarkable feats in the history of English football, the club the smallest ever to win its premier title. Despite spending far less than other champions and drawing more modest crowds, Burnley beat the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Wolves by playing exciting, fluid, continental-style football that won many admirers. 'I wanted to applaud their artistry,' Jimmy Greaves commented. 'In an era when quite a few teams believed in the big boot, they were a league of gentlemen.' Former player Brian Miller described how grounded the team were at the time: 'Several of us worked at Bank Hall pit all day and then played First Division football. Spurs' players didn't do that.' Never Had It So Goodreveals how Burnley's amazing title triumph was achieved - and how very different life was for a footballer in those bygone days.
Prince Clayton Alexander, the son of an exiled king, has lived most of his life in a lavish, secluded fortress high in the Swiss Alps. A gifted ice sculpture artist in private, he enjoys his anonymity while jetting around the globe. But when his best friend convinces Clay to co-host a Hollywood high-society, charity gala showcasing his work, he reluctantly agrees, not knowing this one decision will change his life forever.Stacia Saunders is determined not to let the fame and fortune of being an A-list celebrity pull her away from her farm girl roots. Sure, getting the movie role of a lifetime is throwing her into the spotlight, but as long as she surrounds herself with a few trusted friends and family, she can keep her private life just as she likes it...private.That is, until along came a prince!After a fateful meeting at the Hollywood charity event, Stacia and Clay sneak away on a European adventure, falling in love under the watchful eyes of Big Ben and the paparazzi. Suddenly, the seclusion they both crave becomes front page headlines.Without warning, Stacia's world becomes a twisted nightmare when the past slams into the present, and threats are made against her life. Clay knows he needs to do everything in his power to protect her.But when the danger turns deadly, will Clay be able to do the one thing he promises-give Stacia her happily ever after?
Reflecting on his wild 1970s youth, unexpectedly long-term marriage, and inability to understand his children, Stephen Newman approaches late middle age at the turn of the century only to see his successes crumbling in revelatory ways.