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Middle England

Author : Jonathan Coe
ISBN : 9780525656487
Genre : Fiction
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From the acclaimed author of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle comes the novel for our strange contemporary times. Beginning nine years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by chain retail, and London, where both frenzied riots and Olympic fever plague the streets, Middle England tracks a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through the transformation of their society. There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about England's future and, possibly, their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse while his radical, teenage daughter undertakes a relentless quest for universal justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote LEAVE in the Brexit referendum. Through all these lives we see this very tentatively united kingdom itself: a place of nostalgia and delusion, bewilderment and barely suppressed rage. As acutely alert to the absurdity of the political classes as it is compassionate about those left behind by elites of all sorts, this is a novel only Jonathan Coe could have written.
Category: Fiction

Crime And Social Change In Middle England

Author : Evi Girling
ISBN : 9781134671755
Genre : Social Science
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Crime and Social Change in Middle England offers a new way of looking at contemporary debates on the fear of crime. Using observation, interviews and documentary analysis it traces the reactions of citizens of one very ordinary town to events, conflicts and controversies around such topical subjects of criminological investigation as youth, public order, drugs, policing and home security in their community. In doing so it moves in place from comfortable suburbs to hard pressed inner city estates, from the affluent to the impoverished, from old people watching the town where they grew up change around them to young in-comers who are part of that change. This is a book which will give all students of crime a rare and fascinating insight into how issues at the heart of contemporary law and order politics both nationally and internationally actually play out on the ground.
Category: Social Science

Terror From Beyond Middle England

Author : Sarah Crabtree
ISBN : 9780972832168
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Small-town temp saves the world in this tale about friends, lovers, dysfunctional families, genetic modification, and all kinds of weird stuff that nobody expects to stumble across in a prim and proper English town.

All Oiks Now

Author : Digby Anderson
ISBN : 1904863000
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain


Author : Jilly Cooper
ISBN : 9780552146623
Genre : England
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CLASS IS DEAD! Or so everyone claims. Who better to refute this than Jilly Cooper! Describing herself as 'upper middle class', Jilly claims that snobbery is very much alive and thriving! Meet her hilarious characters! People like Harry Stow-Crat, Mr and Mrs Nouveau-Richards, Samantha and Gideon Upward, and Jen Teale and her husband Brian. Roar with laughter at her horribly unfair observations on their everyday pretensions - their sexual courtships, choice of furnishings, clothes, education, food, careers and ambitions... For they will all remind you of people that you know!
Category: England

Middle England

Author : John Myers
ISBN : 1904864724
Genre : Midlands (England)
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This is the first major exhibition by Midlands-based artist John Myers. Comprising black and white photographs made in the 1970s, Ikon's selection includes Middle England (1970-1974), a number of portraits of individuals and families living in and around Stourbridge and the Black Country.Myers' approach is documentary in style, reflecting the taste, self-perceptions and aspirations of the people he photographed. Thus we observe them in their sitting rooms and bedrooms, or in their leisure or work spaces, surrounded by the telling paraphernalia of their daily lives. They pose with deliberate stances and gestures, responding to the sense of occasion engendered by Myers' use of a Gandolfi plate camera set on a tripod with a dark viewing cloth. As well as domestic interiors, occupied particularly by couples and women, we see the studio where a young girl attends ballet classes, the back yard where a boy plays football and a club where two men play snooker.
Category: Midlands (England)

The Spooners Of Middle England

Author : Tony Spooner
ISBN : LCCN:94141840
Genre : England
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Thomas Spooner I, (ca. 1500-1593) and his wife, Jane, were the parents of at least six children. The family lived in the West Middle England area. Members of later generations emigrated from England to Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Canada and thence to the United States as well as elsewhere in the world.
Category: England

A Social History Of Milton Keynes

Author : Mark Clapson
ISBN : 0714655244
Genre : Social Science
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Established in 1967, Milton Keynes is England's largest new city and one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the UK. It is also a suburban city, genuinely liked and appreciated by most of its citizens. For many reasons, however, Milton Keynes is misunderstood, and its valuable recent lessons are mostly ignored in current debates about national urban policy. This timely book therefore discusses the popular and intellectual prejudices that have distorted understandings of the new city. It focuses upon the original thinking that went into the planning of Milton Keynes, highlights the most notable features of its design and construction, and assesses the impact of new development upon the countryside and agriculture. A city is nothing without its people, of course, so Mark Clapson looks at who has moved to Milton Keynes, and discusses their experiences of settling in. He also confronts the common myth of the new city's soullessness with an account of community and association that emphasises the strength of social interaction there. This book provides a unique and informed account of the first decades of Milton Keynes, and emphasises its relevance to social and urban change in England since the 1960s. The book will be of interest to urban and social historians of contemporary Britain, to planning historians, urban geographers, town planners, sociologists, as well as to interested general readers - including the people of Milton Keynes.
Category: Social Science

The Mythical World Of Middle England

Author : Brian V. Peck
ISBN : 1425900364
Genre : History
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This book is about my empirical research for 'Middle England' in little Britain - in a very similar way that Bill Bryson travelled around the country in Notes from a Small Island. Therefore like: Bryson, Voltaire (Candide's adventures) and Michael Moore (in the USA about G. W Bush, etc) I am also trying to be highly amusing about my quest, come search for this concept; in this very small Island in a very large Universe. In essence the basic premise and conclusions seems to be that the rightwing press thought this whole idea up of 'Middle England' based on some very dubious assumptions about social reality and probably some hidden agendas of their own - and believed as an axiom by nearly all the journalistic professions' and most Politicians in the land.now! But I question outright that this is a self evident truth and suggest that it is probably nothing more then a fiction, come myth if we analyse the British class structure in a Sociological and analytical way: like I do and go out there in the real world to find the truth, about 'Middle England'. In other words like God - this may be nothing more than an abstract concept - but believed by billions of people around the globe as an historical fact and very important to the true believes (sorry friends). No doubt 'Middle England' is just as important to the Daily Mail readers and journalists working for this rag as religion is to the world and just as true, but then again were is the real hard scientific empirical evidence for both concepts if you are a cynical old git like me? Perhaps only Professor Pangloss really knows the answers to these ideas; if they exist - this is not to say that God or 'Middle England' is a complete myth. I am only just suggesting that there is very little real evidence for either.hence, please read on for the truth of 'Middle England', according to Brian V Peck.
Category: History