Books set in the 1950s

(34 Posts)
Chickenpie1 Fri 18-Mar-16 19:52:50

Hi, I have recently become fascinated with the 1950s and wondered if anyone could recommend any books set around this time?

Fannycraddock79 Fri 18-Mar-16 20:00:34

I'm reading in cold blood at the moment, not sure if it's what you're after but it's good. Also The Future Homemakers of America from memory is set then but a much lighter read.

MsInterpret Fri 18-Mar-16 20:04:51

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin 1950s small town Irish girl goes to NYC.

It's been made into a film and just come out too.

MsInterpret Fri 18-Mar-16 20:06:31

Also - Small Island, Andrea Levy

Jamaican immigrants arrive in London 1948. Also made into a serial by ... The Beeb?

Savagebeauty Fri 18-Mar-16 20:08:32

Carol..Patricia Highsmith

MissTessmacher Fri 18-Mar-16 20:11:06

Revolutionary Road?

ChalkHearts Fri 18-Mar-16 20:13:00

I was going to recommend future homemakers of America. It's awesome.

Laguna by Barbara kingsolver is all about McCarthy era. But I didn't like it as much as poisonwood bible.

Chickenpie1 Fri 18-Mar-16 20:45:53

Ooh thank you. Off to check out books on Amazon.

IvyWall Fri 18-Mar-16 20:49:30

Books written by Neville Shute. E.g. A town like Alice

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Mar-16 20:54:13

The YaYa Sisterhood
The Help - may have been a bit later
Danny Champion of the World - probably not really what you want!

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Mar-16 20:57:27

The Catcher in the Rye

Jojoanna Fri 18-Mar-16 20:58:57

A summer birdcage or the Garrick year ? Margaret Drabble

80sMum Fri 18-Mar-16 21:01:27

I read Iris Murdoch's "The Bell" recently. That was written and set in the '50s. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

TennesseeDays Fri 18-Mar-16 21:01:27

Behind the scenes at the museum by Kate Atkinson. Actually it jumps around a bit between different periods, but the main storyline is set in the 50s and early 60s.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Fri 18-Mar-16 21:04:00

The Women's Room by Marilyn French

mogloveseggs Fri 18-Mar-16 21:07:19

A spool of blue thread - Anne Tyler. Late 1950s I think.

GooseberryRoolz Fri 18-Mar-16 21:10:30

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe ( set in Nigeria)
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing (longer period including the 50s)

TheCraicDealer Fri 18-Mar-16 21:11:52

Just reread Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes on holiday. It's actually set in 1946 which is a bit early blush but it's really good, super romantic. About Aussie women who met their British fellas during the war and their journey to join their husbands in the UK.

ifancyagreencard Fri 18-Mar-16 21:12:12

Another vote for The Future Homemakers of America. My turn to Comfort Book!

MakingJudySmile Fri 18-Mar-16 21:21:53

Agatha Christie is always a good choice imo. Lots set in the 1950s.

Chickenpie1 Fri 18-Mar-16 22:08:45

Wow, I am going to have a busy time, so many books to read. Thanks again

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Mar-16 22:10:08

The Lydmouth novels by Andrew Taylor. Crime series but probably more social commentary. Brilliant.

SuperScribbler Sat 19-Mar-16 05:25:34

Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe. Very witty.

Quogwinkle Sat 19-Mar-16 06:44:58

Barbara Pym was writing in the 1950s, and set her novels then.

Seconding Iris Murdoch's The Bell - one of the novels I studied for A Level and I loved it.

Sadik Sat 19-Mar-16 09:50:21

I love The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy - the adventures of a young American woman in Paris. Very, very funny, but also perceptive.

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