Frostquake: How the frozen winter of 1962 changed Britain forever

Juliet Nicolson

Frostquake: How the frozen winter of 1962 changed Britain forever
Vintage Publishing
United Kingdom
17 January 2021

Frostquake: How the frozen winter of 1962 changed Britain forever

Juliet Nicolson

Exhilarating and rich narrative non-fiction that brings to light a dramatic and pivotal moment in our social, political and cultural history for the first time

‘This book is a must’ Peter Hennessy

On Boxing Day 1962, when Juliet Nicolson was eight years old, the snow began to fall. It did not stop for ten weeks.

The threat of nuclear war had reached its terrifying height with the recent Cuban Missile Crisis, unemployment was on the rise, and yet, underneath the frozen surface, new life was beginning to stir.

From poets to pop stars, shopkeepers to schoolchildren, and her own family’s experiences, Juliet Nicolson traces the hardship of that frozen winter and the emancipation that followed. That spring, new life was unleashed, along with freedoms we take for granted today.

‘An absolutely mesmerising book’ Antonia Fraser

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