Snakes and Ladders by Selina Todd
From servants' children who became clerks in Victorian Britain, to managers made redundant by the 2008 financial crash, travelling up or down the social ladder has been a fact of British life for more than a century.Drawing on hundreds of personal stories, Snakes and Ladders tells the hidden history of how people have experienced social mobility in both directions - from servants' children who became clerks in Victorian Britain, to managers made redundant by the 2008 financial crash. It shows how a powerful elite has maintained its position, as well as introducing us to unsung heroes who created room at the top. As we face political crisis after crisis, the book argues that only by creating greater opportunities for everyone can we ensure the survival of society.Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. She grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was educated at Heaton Manor Comprehensive School and the Universities of Warwick and Sussex. She writes about class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain. Her book The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010 was a Sunday Times bestseller and was described by the Observer as ‘A book we badly need’. Based on the voices of working-class people themselves, it charted the history of ordinary workers, housewives, children and pensioners over the turbulent twentieth century.Details
- Author: Todd, Selina
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 10/11/2022
- ISBN: 9781784703479
- B-Code: B065840
- Pages: 464
- Dimensions: 198x129mm
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