Book 22 – The Northern Light by A.J.Cronin 

It’s interesting how novels from the 1950s often seem more dated than those written 20 years earlier (it’s often the same with films).

The Northern Light is a tale stuffed full with mid 20th century themes and sensibilities, though some of them only get a walk-on part. That’s because there are just too many plotlines to make this fairly short novel work. It all wraps around the story of a solid, provincial newspaper’s struggle against the commercial onslaught of London backed tabloids. But within that we cover nuclear power, abortion, mental health, 1950s style Christianity, various unsatisfactory marriages, postwar grumpiness, local politics, suicide and lots more.
If anyone wants to read a really good author from that era,  then I recommend Nevil Shute.


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