Mike Hutton Life in 1940s London

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Life in 1940s London

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The most momentous decade in London’s colourful history was one of huge contrasts. The war provided a heady brew of fear, bravery, stoicism, cowardice and crime, set to a background of popular music from Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn. To some, London was vibrant and exciting, but even during the war years it was still divided by class and wealth. While the privileged few enjoyed the relative comfort of the capital’s swankiest hotels, thousands of Londoners sheltered each night on the platforms of the underground. London witnessed the effects of internment, shrugged off the Blitz and was overwhelmed by an invasion of GIs. And even when victory was in sight, the terrifying Buzz Bombs arrived. After the war servicemen returned home as strangers, often to resentful wives and some to unexpected additions to the family. A royal wedding and the 1948 Olympics brought some cheer, but continued grinding austerity caused resentment, and the Labour government introduced radical social legislation. The first influx of West Indian immigrants was welcomed by graffiti demanding Keep Britain White’. With the help of people who lived through these traumatic times, Mike Hutton vividly recreates through stories and memories the atmosphere of a London that is so far removed from the London of today, but that points the way forward to a more prosperous future.

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Mike Hutton is a history author. Before retiring to devote his time to writing, he was MD of a leading textile company. He has spent many years researching archives concerning Britain after the First World War. He lives on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

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`Hutton transports you through a decade of hardships and triumphs. His personal recollections bring the city to life.' * BBC History Magazine * `Well researched and well paced, this scrupulous account is occasionally hilarious, often touching, and all the better for the author's personal recollections' * Brian Sewell *

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