David Kynaston

Thu 14 July 2022

On The Cusp: Days of ‘62

On The Cusp: Days of ‘62

The ‘real’ Sixties began on 5 October 1962. On that remarkable Friday, the Beatles hit the world with their first single, Love Me Do, and the first James Bond film, Dr No, had its world premiere in London: two icons of the future heralding a social and cultural revolution. On the Cusp continues David Kynaston’s ground-breaking history of post-war Britain and takes place during the summer and early autumn of 1962.  These were charged months, thick with incident, including The Rolling Stones’ debut at the Marquee Club, the last Gentlemen versus Players match at Lord’s, and the issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe starting to divide the country.

Britain would never be the same again after these months. Sometimes indignant, sometimes admiring, always empathetic, On the Cusp evokes a world of seaside holidays, of church fetes, of Steptoe and Son – a world still of seemingly settled social and economic certainties, but in fact on the edge of fundamental change.

Interviewed by Sarah Ward.


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