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Cambridge, 301 pp., £29.99, June 2019, 978 1 108 48266 0Show More
Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Postwar England by Jon Lawrence.
Oxford, 327 pp., £25, June 2019, 978 0 19 877953 7Show More
“... the new towns – Ortolano calls it ‘welfare state modernism’ (clean modernist lines, but in green, airy and usually low-rise estates) – ran into trouble: first, because the need to build fast and cheaply, at a time of serious shortages of materials, led to substitutions and the cutting of corners; second, because the style itself, as the privatisation ...”