Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date Sunday 4 October
Taking the long span of the reign of Elizabeth II of England (and I of Scotland) as its time frame, Andrew’s new book tells a spellbinding story. Making the familiar appear novel, seeing the recent past in fresh perspectives, he tells the tale of the nation through the people who animated it, from David Attenborough to Dusty Springfield, Sylvia Plath to Elvis Costello, Frank Critchlow to Bob Geldof and Zaha Hadid to James Dyson.
How did each decade of the queen’s reign shape the one that followed? How did we arrive at the Britain of 2020?
In 1953, when Elizabeth II and I was crowned, Britain was another country. Its people looked different. Men wore hats, almost every adult (and plenty of children) smoked and most went to church on a Sunday. How did we travel from the bleak immediate post-war era, from rationing and National Service, from racism (known as the colour bar) and a much more class-based society to the Britain we see now?
Andrew will take us on a national journey as he talks to Alistair Moffat.
photo credit: Steve Schofield © BBC
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