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Max Décharné: Teddy Boys (Launch)

February 1 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us on Thursday 1st February when we welcome author and musician Max Décharné back to the Norwich shop to celebrate the launch of Teddy Boys: Post-War Britain and the First Youth Revolution.

With their draped suits, suede creepers and immaculately greased hair, the Teddy Boys defined a new era for a generation of teenagers raised on a diet of drab clothes, Blitz playgrounds and tinned dinners.

From the Edwardian origins of their fashion to the tabloid fears of delinquency, drunkenness and disorder, the story of the Teds throws a fascinating light on a British society that was still reeling from the Second World War. In the 1950s, working-class teenagers found a way of asserting themselves in how they dressed, spoke and socialised on the street. When people saw Teds, they stepped aside. At a time when ordinary kids were invisible, the Teds were unignorable.

Described as “a joyous celebration” by Alwyn Turner, Teddy Boys traces the rise of the Teds and the shockwave they sent through post-war Britain — from the rise of rock ‘n’ roll to the Notting Hill race riots. Full of fascinating insight, deftly sketching the milieu of Elvis Presley and Derek Bentley, Billy Fury and Oswald Mosley, Teddy Boys is the story of Britain’s first youth counterculture.

We had a riotous time launching Max’s previous book last year — one all about King’s Road, London — so we’re very chuffed to have him here in the shop again. He’ll be in conversation with the brilliant author and academic Matthew Worley, whose special area of research interest is British counter-culture. After the interview, Max will take questions from the audience, and be available to sign copies of his book.

Max Décharné: Teddy Boys (Launch)
Thursday 1st February 2024
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Refreshments available
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places —  book your spot now to avoid disappointment!


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February 1
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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