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A unique book showing Cambridge in the late 1960s from different angles. Striking, previously unpublished photographs show famous buildings as well as the river and backstreets and some of the small towns, villages and countryside nearby. Students and distinguished members of staff are here, with builders, shoppers in the market, and men from the gasworks. This was a time of ‘demos’, protests and disruption to established, maybe complacent, academic traditions. The author draws on archive sources to illustrate ‘official’ concerns at that time with, for example, major worries about overreactions triggering widespread unrest. However, he also draws on personal recollections as a Cambridge student, together with anecdotes from others and further archive material to suggest that most students were far more interested in the quality of meals they were served, and the state of the showers. Cambridge students from any generation, and anyone else who knows the city, will find themselves entertained and challenged. But the book’s appeal goes further: there are amusing reflections on moving from the north of England to Cambridge almost half a half century ago, and on student life in post-war Britain; the eye-catching photographs will have widespread appeal.
Number of Pages: 191
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Richard Gaunt
Street Date: April 3, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-3518