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England: The Last Hurrah

England: The Last Hurrah

By (author) Dafydd Jones


Publishing 10th Apr 2023
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    • A fly-on-the-wall account of eighties upper-class England
    • Captures high society at its most riotous, and its most vulnerable
    • English eccentricity makes a final stand in a changing world
    • Follow-up to the acclaimed Oxford: The Last Hurrah ISBN 9781788840712
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    “I wondered if the party guests I’d photographed were just re-enacting a nostalgic fantasy, an imaginary version of England that already no longer existed.” – Dafydd Jones

    Throughout the 1980s, award-winning photographer Dafydd Jones was granted access to some of England’s most exclusive upper-class events. Now, the author of Oxford: The Last Hurrah presents this irreverent and intimate portrait of birthday parties and charity balls, Eton picnics and private school celebrations.

    With the crack of a hunting rifle and a spray of champagne, these photos give an almost cinematic account of high-society England at its most riotous and its most vulnerable. Against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, globalisation, the Falklands War, rising stocks and dwindling inherited fortunes, Jones reveals the inner lives of the established elite as they party long into the night-time of their fading world.

    Praise for Oxford: The Last Hurrah

    ‘Sublime vintage photographs…’ – Hermione Eyre, The Telegraph

    ‘In The Last Hurrah…we see familiar faces from British high society poised on the brink of adulthood.’ – Eve Watling, Independent

    About the Author

    Dafydd Jones (b.1956) grew up in Oxford and started working for the Bodleian Library aged 16. His pictures of the Oxford University 'Bright Young Things' launched his career. With work published in the Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent and Oldie, his photography is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Hyman Collection of British Photography, London; the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol; the Opsis Foundation, New York; and the Yale Museum of British Art, New Haven.

    ACC Art Books
    Publish date
    10th Apr 2023
    230 mm x 190 mm
    144 Pages
    100 color
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