04: Political themesBy Stella Cardus
In 1983 a new direction could be detected with the publication of 'Brighton on the Rocks' - a more overtly political book.
Intended as a critique of monetarist policies and the Thatcher government, 'Brighton on the Rocks' was written as a collaborative venture.
It echoed themes in earlier books such as Les Moss's 'Live and Learn' (1979) that, although largely an individual's life story, also carried a political message.
The 1980s saw the emergence of other stories that could also be seen to have a political focus, including 'Who Stood Idly By' from Alf Johns in 1984, which centres around the politics of the government of the day and, in particular, the policies pursued by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.
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