Many young women 'long to put the clock back to the post-war years when life seemed prettier and nicer'. In this book Jessica Mann demolishes such preconceptions about their mothers' or grandmothers' young days, showing that in reality life was uglier and nastier. Born just before WW2, she describes growing up in the post-war era of austerity, restrictions and hypocrisy, before anyone even dreame...
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I really enjoyed reading this memoir of life in the 1950's. Women in the USA and the UK had much the same things expected of them but life in the UK was especially hard with all the post war shortages and the rigid class system. I remember the fiftie...
s Lib. The Fifties Mystique is both a personal memoir and a polemic. In explaining the lives of pre-feminists to the post-feminists of today, Jessica Mann discusses the period's very different attitudes to sex, childbirth, motherhood and work, describes how she and other young women lived in that distant world with its forgotten restrictions and warns against taking hard-won rights for granted.About the AuthorJessica Mann has been a controversial commentator and critic since first appearing on Radio 4’s Any Questions in the 1970s. She is the author of 20 crime novels and three non-fiction books; as a freelance journalist her features, weekly columns, numerous travel articles and book reviews have appeared in national newspapers and glossy magazines. She is the crime fiction reviewer of the Literary Review, and as a broadcaster has appeared on Question Time, Any Questions, Start The Week, Stop The Week, Woman’s Hour and many other programmes.She has held a series of public appointments to do with the NHS, Utility Regulation, Employment Tribunals, Town and Country Planning and the Arts.Jessica divides her time between Cornwall, where she lives with her husband the archaeologist Professor Charles Thomas, and London.She has two sons, two daughters, and 11 grandchildren.