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Jenny Diski at her essayistic best in a highly personal and entertaining exploration of the twentieth century's most colourful decade.
Jenny Diski is one of Britain's sharpest social commentators, her writing distinguished by its bleak wit, its honesty and acerbity. The Sixties is Diski at her most characteristically brilliant
Eloquent and probing ... entertaining and accurate
I loved this book because it reminded me of so many small aspects of the Sixties I'd forgotten ... surely it is better to have been a failed idealist than never one at all? Her book made me feel proud to be a Sixties relic
This book at once recalls the decade in a way that those who experienced it will recognise and is a singular rethink of that time. Diski is not polemical or doctrinaire. Her writing is calm and wry and her gift is for thinking about the Sixties as if they were happening now, as if they were an ambiguous present ... One of the many pleasures of her writing is that she somehow manages to be old and young at the same time ... Involving, buoyant, thought-provoking
Diski was in at the deep end, involved with almost all the trends and fashons ... Her testimony comes as close as any to frontline reporting of what was going on. And what was going on was serious ... Diski's life catches the full flavour. Yet she survived the mayhem to become a wise and sceptical judge.This is as excellent and honest a guide as you will find through the myths and often misremembered days.
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