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The post-war Tory backlash in literature

An interesting link today from Liberal England to an article in the New Statesman by David Kynaston, author of all those weighty tomes about post-war British society. Kynaston writes of the middle class revolt as described in novels by Marghanita Laski, Angela Thirkell and Molly Panter-Downes. The Angela Thirkell novel referred to is Private Enterprise; full of repellent opinions yet still a favourite of mine. I have just wasted time searching in vain for Molly Panter-Downes’ One Fine Day, which I *know* I have in an old hardback edition. Isn’t that always infuriating? Laski’s book Tory Heaven is being republished by Persephone Books this week. Link to the article.

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Interesting article. "We’ve got to stick to our class. That’s the law. If we don’t, we’re liable to get degraded." Some views never totally change change ;)

I was looking for a book I know I have just the other day and it has vanished. I looked in every place it could possibly be (my flat is tiny, there aren't that many places) and it's annoying me that I can't find it.
Those wormholes in space ...
Marghanita Laski's Little Boy Lost is one of my Favourite Books Ever. I haven't read any others, though ...
I've found some of Marghanita Laski's books quite frightening but it's a long time since I read those ones. I like The Village, set immediately after the war and exploring class changes.