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Out of print for the last decade, WG's Birthday Party will be reissued to coincide with the start of the 2010 cricket season - David Kynaston is the speaker at the annual Wisden dinner in April. The first in Kynaston's landmark series, Austerity Britain, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and has now sold over 65,000 copies (BookScan). The second in the series, Famiy Britain, has already sold nearly 20,000 hardbacks (BookScan). Autserity Britain was named as the Sunday Times Book of the Decade in December 2009.
David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written sixteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history. He is the author of Austerity Britain, 1945-51 and Family Britain 1951-57, the first two titles in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.
'Few historians have the power to make you feel you actually inhabit the times they are writing about. Kynaston does' Sunday Times, Book of the Decade 'Kynaston's books ... feel like a breath of fresh air' Observer 'An absolute gem of a book' Guardian 'Kynaston writes brilliantly and readably' Independent on Sunday