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Books set in the 1950s

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The decade of rock 'n' roll, colour TV, post-World War II prosperity and the birth of the suburban dream.

In 1951 The Catcher in the Rye was published. In 1952 King George VI died. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Rosa Parks took a life-altering, history-making bus ride in 1955. The Wizard of Oz film was released in 1956, introducing more people to the timeless classic. John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time in 1957. Lolita was published in the United States in 1958, selling 100,000 copies in the first three weeks. In 1959 the construction of the Sydney Opera House officially began. 

Find out what life was like in this happening decade with these fictional tales set in the fifties.