By Alwyn W. Turner

"Superb" NICK COHEN, writer of What's Left?

"Tremendously entertaining" DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Sunday Times

"Like his past histories of the Seventies and Eighties, A Classless Society is a very complete paintings. Turner writes brilliantly, making a compelling narrative of the last decade, weaving contrasting components including a typical storyteller's aplomb... attractive and unique" IRVINE WELSH, Daily Telegraph

"Ravenously inquisitive, darkly comical and coolly undeceived... Turner is a grasp of the telling detail" CRAIG BROWN, Mail on Sunday

When Margaret Thatcher was once ousted from Downing highway in November 1990 after 11 years of sour social and monetary clash, many was hoping that the last decade to come back will be extra 'caring'; others was hoping that the extra radical guidelines of her revolution may perhaps also be overturned. throughout politics and tradition there has been an obvious longing for anything the Iron woman had famously disregarded: society.

The 'New Britain' to emerge will be a contradiction: economically unequal yet culturally classless. when Westminster agonised over sleaze and the ERM, the rustic outdoor turned the playground of the Ladette. It used to be additionally a interval that might see previous ethical certainties swept apart, and as soon as venerable associations descend into farce - undefined, relating to the Royal family members, via tragedy.

Opening with a battle within the Gulf and finishing with the assaults of eleven September 2001, A Classless Society is going looking for the last decade while sleek Britain got here of age. What it reveals is a state anxiously grappling with new applied sciences, tentatively embracing new existence, and, particularly, forging a brand new experience of what it skill to be British.

"Deserves to turn into a classic" EDWINA CURRIE

"Rich and encyclopaedic" ROGER LEWIS, Daily Mail

"Excellent" D.J. TAYLOR, Independent

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A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s

"Superb" NICK COHEN, writer of What's Left?

"Tremendously entertaining" DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Sunday Times

"Like his past histories of the Seventies and Eighties, A Classless Society is a very finished paintings. Turner writes brilliantly, making a compelling narrative of the last decade, weaving contrasting components including a usual storyteller's aplomb. .. attractive and unique" IRVINE WELSH, day-by-day Telegraph

"Ravenously inquisitive, darkly comical and coolly undeceived. .. Turner is a grasp of the telling detail" CRAIG BROWN, Mail on Sunday

When Margaret Thatcher was once ousted from Downing highway in November 1990 after 11 years of sour social and financial clash, many was hoping that the last decade to come back will be extra 'caring'; others was hoping that the extra radical regulations of her revolution could also be overturned. throughout politics and tradition there has been an obvious longing for whatever the Iron girl had famously brushed off: society.

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Opening with a warfare within the Gulf and finishing with the assaults of eleven September 2001, A Classless Society is going looking for the last decade whilst smooth Britain got here of age. What it unearths is a country anxiously grappling with new applied sciences, tentatively embracing new life, and, specially, forging a brand new experience of what it capability to be British.

"Deserves to develop into a classic" EDWINA CURRIE

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At the same time, two pioneers were wounded on the wires. One had a ricochet through both legs, the other a ball through his ear. In the morning, the sentry on our left flank was shot through both cheekbones. The blood spurted out of him in thick gouts. And, to cap it all, when Lieutenant von Ewald, visiting our sector to take pictures of sap N barely fifty yards away, turned to climb down from the outlook, a bullet shattered the back of his skull and he died on the spot. Large fragments of skull were left littering the sentry platform.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

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