Sixty Somethings: The Lives Of Women Who Remember The Sixties
By Nicola Madge, Paul Hoggart
Why this book?
The swinging sixties are commonly thought of as hedonistic days (if you remember them you weren’t there). It was a period when young people threw off the trappings of their parents and, allegedly fuelled by drugs, sex, and rock ‘n roll, set out to put the world to rights: a time without precedent.
But was it really like that? What are the women of that generation up to now; and what do they remember of those times? Is sixty the new forty?
Despite pursuing careers, raising families, with quite a few as grandparents, others caring for their own aging parents, could it be true that the once hipsters – a few now with literally new hips – have an undiluted appetite for life?
This fascinating book looks back over the lives of 67 women in their sixties, all of whom lived through ‘The Sixties’, to explore these questions through their own recollections and words. What did they expect from their lives, back then and were those expectations so very different from their own parents?
This is a well-researched and clearly written book, for both women and men, whether you were there nearly sixty years ago, or not.
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