Janie Hampton - Rationing and Revelry. PDF

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PDF The Britain which Queen Elizabeth II first began to rule, over sixty years ago, has changed beyond all recognition. “Rationing and Revelry” describes the Coronation of 1953, when Britain was still suffering from the effects of World War Two, a country remembered for its bomb sites and rationing, Spam and black-and-white TV.

The Coronation Day itself included pageantry, rain, a Golden Coach, television coverage for the first time, street parties, the Queen of Tonga, bunting, camping outside Buckingham Palace, Union jacks and countless home-baked cakes. In Britain, people gathered in homes and village halls to celebrate, while in Europe, Canada and the United States millions watched the first coronation ever to be broadcast.

Through interviews and the use of contemporary diaries and letters, Janie Hampton has created a riveting portrait of that historic day. Told from the people’s point of view, “Rationing and Revelry” is social history at its very best, brilliantly capturing a Britain that has long since disappeared. Discover how Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh, Philip Pullman and Helene Hanff; dukes, earls, gas-lamp lighters and sewage workers all spent June 2, 1953.

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