The Reign

The Story of Elizabeth’s Britain, Part One: 1952–1979

Matthew Engel

RRP: £25.00

6 October 2022

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786496676

She came to the throne in 1952 when Britain had a far-flung empire, sweets were rationed, mums stayed home and kids played on bombsites. Seventy years on, everything has changed utterly – except the Queen herself, ageing far more gracefully than the fractious nation over which she so lightly presides.

How did we get from there to here in a single reign? To cancel culture, anti-vaxxers and Twitter feeds? Matthew Engel tells the story – starting with the years from Churchill to Thatcher – with his own light touch and a wealth of fascinating, forgotten, often funny detail.