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  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473566712
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Frostquake

The frozen winter of 1962 and how Britain emerged a different country




Exhilarating and rich narrative non-fiction that brings to light a dramatic and pivotal moment in our social, political and cultural history for the first time

'This book is a must' Peter HennessyOn Boxing Day 1962, when Juliet Nicolson was eight years old, the snow began to fall. It did not stop for ten weeks.

It wasn't just the weather that was bad. The threat of nuclear war had reached its terrifying height with the recent Cuban Missile Crisis, unemployment was on the rise and de Gaulle was blocking Britain from joining the European Economic Community.

And yet underneath the frozen surface, new life was beginning to stir. Satirists threatened the complacent decadence of the British establishment. A game-changing band from Liverpool topped the charts, becoming the ultimate symbol of an exuberant youthquake. And the Profumo Affair exposed racial and sexual prejudice. When the thaw came, ten weeks of extraordinary weather had acted as a catalyst between two distinct eras.

From poets to pop stars, shopkeepers to schoolchildren, and her own family's experiences, Juliet Nicolson traces the hardship of that frozen winter and the emancipation that followed. That spring, new life was unleashed, along with freedoms we take for granted today.

  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473566712
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Juliet Nicolson

Juliet Nicolson is the author of two works of history, The Great Silence: 1918–1920 Living in the Shadow of the Great War and The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911; a novel, Abdication; and a family memoir, A House Full of Daughters.

As the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the daughter of Nigel Nicolson she is part of a renowned and much scrutinised family and the latest in the family line of record-keepers of the past. She lives with her husband in East Sussex, not far from Sissinghurst, where she spent her childhood.

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