20 Oct 2017, 18:30 - 20:30

Waterstones, Gower Street

The Launch of 1997: The Future That Never Happened

Join us for an evening of 1997 tunes and iconography, conversation and wine to celebrate the launch of 1997: The Future That Never Happened by Richard Power Sayeed, featuring a Q&A with the author and Ellie Mae O’Hagan.

Tony Blair and Noel Gallagher shaking hands at No. 10. Saatchi’s YBAs setting the international art world aflame. Geri Halliwell in a Union Jack dress. A time of vibrancy and optimism: when the country was united by the hope of a better and brighter future. So why, twenty years on, did that future never happen?

Richard Power Sayeed takes a provocative look at this epochal year, arguing that the dark undercurrents of that time had a much more enduring legacy than the marketing gimmick of ‘Cool Britannia’. This lively, rich and evocative book explores why 1997 was a turning point for British culture and society – away from a fairer, brighter future and on the path to our current malaise.

Tickets are available from the Waterstones website here.

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