In this history of Britain since the war, Roy Hattersley chronicles the main shifts in ideas and attitudes, changes in social structure and industrial performance, and the influence of world events on Britain's economic prospects and international status. Examining how the country has changed in the last half-century, the book is written as a narrative in more or less chronological order. It is the anatomy of a journey that has taken the country from a post-war consensus on welfare to a new belief in individual enterprise.
Roy Hattersley is a politician turned writer. He was elected to Parliament in 1964 and in 1983 he became deputy leader of the Labour Party. He has written colums for The Guardian, Punch and The Listener.