Linda Grant: "We Had It So Good"
In 1957, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan declared, “most of our people have never had it so good.” The postwar generation grew up protected by a new welfare system, enjoying freedoms and opportunities unknown to their parents. Plus, says recently-turned-sixty, British author Linda Grant, "we had fabulous music and clothes." In her latest novel, Grant traces the trajectories of four baby boomers who thought they could change the world: from their idealistic student days at Oxford through the realities of growing up and growing older. We discuss what happens when their rose-colored glasses come off in middle age and a new century.
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Excerpted from We Had It So Good by Linda Grant. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Grant. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.: