Made In Brighton: From the Grand to the Gutter - Modern Britain as Seen from Beside the Sea (BOK)
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What does it mean to be British in the twenty-first century? Brighton has long been perceived as being at the vanguard of English taste - in its attitudes towards homosexuality, the rise of the chav and binge drinking, as well as its music and drug cultures. "Made in Brighton" takes a critical look at the changing state of Britain, using the seaside vista of Brighton as a focal point. Julie Burchill and Daniel Raven, who have lived in Brighton for many years, interweave personal stories and experiences of Brighton with larger themes of sex, politics and class to explore the changes to British culture in the last twenty years. From punk to dance, dope to coke, the labour party to hen parties, straight to gay to bi and everything in between, "Made in Brighton" holds up a mirror to the dazed face of Britain and gives it a good hard slap.'I read Burchill's chapters as I have her columns - with amusement, occasional spluttering and huge admiration for her freewheeling gift of language' - Helen Brown, "Daily Telegraph". 'a great phrasemaker...a jukebox of funny stories and unreasonable opinions' - "Evening Standard". 'the book is fun...Burchill's writing seems fuelled as much by mischievousness as indignation' - "Guardian".