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The Long Weekend, A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939 by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge

Published February 2, 2014 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

A classic social history by two distinguished writers who lived through the time. “The long week-end” is the authors’ evocative phrase for the period in Great Britain’s social history between the twin devastations of the Great War and World War II. From a postwar period of prosperity and frivolity through the ever-darkening decade of the thirties, The Long Week-End deftly and movingly preserves the details and captures the spirit of the time.

What did I think?:

I read this book as part of a British Empire challenge hosted by one of my groups on GoodReads, eager to learn a little more about the history of the time between the two World Wars. The authors note that the “Long Weekend” kicked off with the Armistice and ended with a telegram from Hitler, however it focuses on that time in-between where so much of note happened to change the world yet is generally ignored, being sandwiched between the atrocities that happened in two World Wars. We have the famed Roaring Twenties followed by the Threadbare Thirties due to the Depression, yet we also have huge events such as the first women in Parliament and the first flights across the Atlantic. With chapter headings like The Days of the Loch Ness Monster, Education and Ethics, Amusements, Pacifism, Nudism, Hiking and Three Kings in One Year, the authors cover a lot of ground with interesting and relevant information and facts to keep the reader turning the page.

Personally, I thought this book was jam-packed with intriguing bits of trivia that made me feel like I had learned a lot about the time period whilst giving me the drive to go read even more. However, I did feel that the structure was somewhat clunky in parts, and it is clear that it was written in a hurry to describe events immediately before it was published. It was interesting to read how much the world changed in this short period of time regarding new technology and media, how the politicians of whatever government was in power would stick their heads in the sand when threatened with the prospect of another war, and how the older generations were horrified at the behaviour of the youngsters of the time – hmm… perhaps like nowadays? I think we do have to remember when the book was written i.e. at the beginning of the Second World War, so some views and statements may be slightly dated by today’s standards. In general though, this was an interesting read, that although I wouldn’t read it again, I’m glad I did as I feel a better appreciation and understanding of the history of the period.

Would I recommend it?:

Probably!

Star rating (out of 5):

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WWW Wednesday #27

Published January 15, 2014 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, Happy WWW Wednesday! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I started this book yesterday and so far am really enjoying it! I wasn’t sure at the start, but now I can’t put it down.

What did you recently finish reading?:

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This was a really interesting book about the time between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War. It was a bit dry in places, but on the whole I thought it was a decent read.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer series that was recommended to me by my sister, the lovely Chrissi Reads. Can’t wait to get to it!

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit. Happy Reading everyone!

WWW Wednesday #26

Published January 8, 2014 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, Happy New Year with my first WWW Wednesday of the year! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just about to start this book and am really looking forward to it. It will be one of the books I review with my sister Chrissi Reads, and was also a Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club 2013 title.

What did you recently finish reading?

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This was a very strange book for me. I got it through Net Galley and really wasn’t sure about it until about halfway through when I suddenly “got it.” Its probably not a book I would read again but definitely an interesting one.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Non-fiction next, and this book is about “the long weekend,” that is to say the space between the devastation of World War I and World War II.

What are you reading this week? Please leave a link and I’ll be sure to come and pay you a visit! Happy reading everyone!