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UNCOMMON KINGDOM: THE BRITISH IN THE 1980ís.

Handelman, Stephen.

Toronto. Collins, 1988. 256pp, cloth, $26.95, ISBN 0-00-217752-8. CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by John D. Crawfard

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November


This is an essay on Britain and Its people in the 1980ís presented by a journalist of the Toronto Star who spent five years in Great Britain as a correspondent. The tenor of this book is optimistic. It suggests that Britain is on the right track and that the changes that have taken place were necessary. Part of the book takes the form of interviews, chiefly with people who have adjusted their thinking and life-styles. These interviews show that there have been changes not only in terms of economics but also in terms of attitudes. These changes include the development of self-help and co-operative solutions.

The few errors of fact in the text are insignificant. Perhaps a little more emphasis could be put upon the importance of North Sea oil and gas income in financing some of the changes. Generally, however, Handelman provides a well-rounded analysis.

My own recent visits to Britain have suggested to me not only that great changes have taken place, but also that the process of change is continuing. The author of Uncommon Kingdom reinforces that view and argues that Britain is the forerunner of a move into the post-industrial future. This fine book is highly recommended.


John D. Crawfard, Marigold School, Victoria, B.C.
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