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Publisher's Summary

Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.

The seventies began with a spectacular obscenity trial and ended with Margaret Thatcher quoting St. Francis of Assisi on the steps of Downing Street. In the years between, the sixties' social revolution settled into a variety of movements: feminist, gay, anarchist, punk. However, economic misery, burgeoning union power, and carnage in Northern Ireland characterise the decade.

The miners' strike and the three-day week toppled the Conservative Government in 1974, and the 'Winter of Discontent' defeated Labour in 1979. The horrors in Northern Ireland were unremitting. But the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Virginia Wade's Wimbledon win provided moments of optimism.

Politicians including Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, and Edward Heath illustrate the mood of the decade, as do journalists, social commentators, and DJs.

Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.

©2018 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Critic Reviews

"...mines the BBC¿s sound archives to produce what will surely become the greatest oral history series..." (The Times)
"A wonderful idea and excellently executed ..best possible use of the medium and a great narrator" (The Independent)

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A Look Back.

What did you love best about Eyewitness, 1970-1979?

The narration and everything else, heck, the whole thing.

What other book might you compare Eyewitness, 1970-1979 to and why?

I can't think of one.

What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

Everything realy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this for history fans.

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  • Janusz
  • 04-16-11

1970s

Nicely read and very informative, this audiobook helped to fill in some gaps and recall some faded memories. The second half is dominated by The Troubles and though that history is very interesting there were issues that could have been examined much more closely. The story of the UK's membership of the EU, for example, still very relevant to us today, could have been looked at much more closely. Other listeners, of course, might disagree. All in all, a worthwhile listen.