A Northern Wind: Britain 1962-65

David Kynaston


The early sixties in Britain told as only David Kynaston (‘the most entertaining historian alive’ – Spectator) can.


History > Non-Fiction

ISBN: 9781526657572



Running from 1962 to 1965, A Northern Wind is the anticipated new volume in the landmark ‘Tales of a New Jerusalem’ series.

How much can change in less than two and a half years?

In the case of Britain in the Sixties, the answer is: almost everything.

From the seismic coming of the Beatles to a sex scandal that rocked the Tory government to the arrival at No 10 of Harold Wilson, a prime minister utterly different from his Old Etonian predecessors.

A Northern Wind, the keenly anticipated next instalment of David Kynaston’s acclaimed Tales of a New Jerusalem series, brings to vivid life the period between October 1962 and February 1965.

Drawing upon an unparalleled array of diaries, newspapers and first-hand recollections, Kynaston’s masterful storytelling refreshes familiar events – the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Big Freeze, the assassination of JFK, the funeral of Winston Churchill – while revealing in all their variety the experiences of the people living through this history.

Major themes complement the compelling narrative: an anti-Establishment mood epitomised by the BBC’s controversial That Was The Week That Was; a welfare state only slowly becoming more responsive to the individual needs of its users; and the rise of consumer culture, as Habitat arrived and shopping centres like Birmingham’s Bull Ring proliferated.

Multi-voiced, multi-dimensional and immersive, Tales of a New Jerusalem has transformed how we see and understand post-war Britain.

A Northern Wind continues the journey.

A vivid insight into the character of British life between the Cuban Missile Crisis and the death of Winston Churchill. Here is an intricate tapestry that conveys the essence of time’ – Literary Review

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 8 cm