How Was It For You?: Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s

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The sexual revolution liberated a generation. But men most of all. We tend to think of the 60s as a decade sprinkled with stardust: a time of space travel and utopian dreams, but above all of sexual abandonment. When the pill was introduced on the NHS in 1961 it seemed, for the first time, that women – like men – could try without buying. But this book describes a turbulent power struggle. Here are the voices from the battleground. Meet dollybird Mavis, debutante Kristina, Beryl who sang with the Beatles, bunny girl Patsy, Christian student Anthea, industrial campaigner Mary, and countercultural Caroline. From Carnaby Street to Merseyside, from mods to rockers, from white gloves to Black is Beautiful, their stories throw an unsparing spotlight on morals, four-letter words, faith, drugs, race, bomb culture, and sex.

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‘One of the great social historians of our time. No one else makes history this fun’ Amanda Foreman

How Was It For You? subtly but powerfully subverts complacent male assumptions about a legendary decade’ David Kynaston

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“A feeling that we could do whatever we liked swept through us in the 60s . . .”

The sixties: a decade of space travel, utopian dreams and – above all – sexual revolution. It liberated a generation. But mostly men.

Meet dollybird Mavis, debutante Kristina, bunny girl Patsy, industrial campaigner Mary and countercultural Caroline. From Carnaby Street to Merseyside, white gloves to Black is Beautiful, their stories illustrate a turbulent power struggle, throwing an unsparing spotlight on morals, drugs, race, bomb culture and sex.

This is a moving, shocking book about tearing up the world and starting again. It’s about peace, love and psychedelia, but also misogyny, violation and discrimination, in a decade discovering a new cause: equality.

And women would never be the same again.

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‘Sparkling . . . there is a wonderfully diverse range of voices . . . we have a long way to go, but reading this book made me grateful for how far we have come’ Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday Times

‘An absorbing study of an extraordinary age. Beautifully written and intensively researched’ Selina Hastings

Additional information

Weight 0.427 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3.1 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xv, 493 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

305.4209046 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K