What the critics thought of A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s by Alwyn W Turner and Almost English by Charlotte MendelsonThe publication of Alwyn W Turner’s A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s offered an opportunity for reviewers to deride what Roger Lewis in the Daily Mail termed “the age of stupidity”. It’s a decade that doesn’t seem to be wearing well. But Lewis enjoyed a “wonderful, hilarious book”, which was pleasurable in part because of “Turner’s contempt for politicians, who are ‘perverts, liars and conmen’, on the whole”. Richard Ryder in the Spectator said very little about the book but a lot about an era of “intellectual stagnation” when “managerialism triumphed”. Dominic Sandbrook on lively form in the Sunday Times praised a “tremendously entertaining history … The author of two excellent but underrated books on the 1970s and 1980s, Turner ought to be better known. He has a nice, dry style, a prodigious appetite for popular culture and, above all, a lovely eye for outrageous quotations … How often, after all, do you read a book that has equally interesting things to say about Britain’s exit from the ERM, the advent of Loaded magazine and the rise …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books