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Dominic Sandbrook is set to lead the next generation of narrative historians. Born in Shropshire in 1974 and educated at Oxford, St. Andrews and Cambridge, he taught history at the University of Sheffield and is currently a fellow of the Rothermere Institute at Oxford.
'A clever and engaging study of Britain as it prepared to swing into the sixties. Never Had It So Good is very good indeed' Amanda Foreman 'A wonderful book -- a most accomplished, readable and convincing tour through seven years from Suez to Beatlemania. It is refreshing because it probes beneath the surface of events, dissolving many of the myths of the sixties and suggesting, quite rightly, that this was a period of uneven and gradual change rather than a revolution' Lawrence James 'Unforgettable vignettes and revelations in this prodigious and ground-breaking study of British life.' SUNDAY TIMES 'It is a tribute to Sandbrook's literary skill that his scholarship is never oppressive. Alternately delightful and enlightening, he has produced a book that must have been an enormous labour to write but is a treat to read.' OBSERVER 'With a novelist's skill, the historian picks his way through the unfolding drama of Profumo, simultaneously showing Britain on the cusp of moving from a society stulified by class and privilege to one based for the first time on merit.' DAILY MAIL 'Sandbrook's breadth of research is stunning and his enthusiasm ensures that this book is impossible to put down.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'There are bound to be many more books on the 1960s, but few will be as well-structured, well-written of intelligent as this.' COUNTRY LIFE 'Witty and intriguing.' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT '[A] splendidly chunky social history.' SCOTSMAN 'The author's ambition is to strip the mythology away from the Sixties, to steer a course between eulogising the period as a unique liberation of Britain and damning it as destroying the country's traditions. It is a goal he achieves in some style, to the extent that it is hard to imagine this book, with its 750-plus close-typed pages, being toppled from its perch as the best-value publication of the year.' OBSERVER