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There She Goes: Liverpool, A City on Its Own: The Long Decade 1979-1993


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Hardback. Pages: 232. Size: 234x153mm. ISBN: 978190924914. Publication: 26 September 2019.

Liverpool was once one of the greatest cities in the British empire but it no longer feels like it is in England, if it ever did. It had retreated as a significant port after the Second World War and by 1979, it was already on the brink. What it needed was support but instead, a Conservative Party with aggressive new ideas allowed it to slide. Thirty years after the Toxteth Riots, classified government papers revealed that the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was urged to abandon the city and embark on a programme of 'managed decline'. Why did Liverpool’s fortunes change so dramatically? Why did it fight back when other cities did not? This is the untold story of what it was like for Liverpool’s people and how the period defines who they are.


Simon Hughes is a journalist and award-winning author. He covers Merseyside football for the Athletic. His other books include Men in White Suits, Ring of Fire, On the Brink and Allez Allez Allez

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    Posted by David Pickersgill on 11th Nov 2019

    I'm an outsider but I got to know and love Liverpool in the 1980s and this book is a thoroughly readable chronicle of those turbulent times by an author whose passion is always evident but never gets the better of him in telling the story.
    It goes without saying, though, that he didn't get Lee Mavers to talk...

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