Many books have been written on the Sixties: tributes to music and fashion, sex, drugs and revolution. In "The Sixties", Jenny Diski breaks the mould, wryly dismantling the big ideas that dominated the era - liberation, permissiveness and self-invention - to consider what she and her generation were really up to. Was it rude to refuse to have sex with someone? Did they take drugs to get by, or to see the world differently? How responsible were they for the self-interest and greed of the Eighties? With characteristic wit and verve, Diski takes an incisive look at the radical beliefs to which her generation subscribed, little realising they were often old ideas dressed up in new forms, sometimes patterned by BIBA. She considers whether she and her peers were as serious as they thought about changing the world, if the radical Sixties were funded by the baby-boomers' parents, and if the big idea shaping the Sixties was that it really felt as if it meant something to be young.
"'Jenny Diski is one of Britain's sharpest social commentators, her writing distinguished by its bleak wit, its honesty and acerbity. The Sixties is Diski at her most characteristically brilliant' Financial Times 'I loved this book because it reminded me of so many small aspects of the Sixties I'd forgotten...surely it is better to have been a failed idealist than never one at all? Her book made me feel proud to be a Sixties relic' Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph 'This is as excellent and honest a guide as you will find through the myths and often misremembered days.' Joan Bakewell, Times 'Involving, buoyant, thought-provoking' Observer"