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Auntlinny Fri 12-Apr-13 22:21:26

What I said in the title really. Can anyone think of a good read with an eighties setting?

EarthtoMajorTom Sun 12-May-13 23:09:54

Rumours of a Hurricane (the hurricane is the 1987 one that Michael Fish failed to predict). A great read about the Eighties.

Frizzybear Thu 09-May-13 13:33:34

Not a huge Martina Cole fan but i really enjoyed The Take, very good book set in 80's East end

Suzietwo Tue 07-May-13 09:44:29


MrsTaraPlumbing Tue 07-May-13 08:03:00

I am thinking the first books of Minnette Walters. Crime fiction.

JackieTheFart Mon 06-May-13 23:47:12

Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series are all set in the 80s.

The Time Traveler's Wife, a good portion set in the 80s.

The Robber Bride.

AnonYonimousBird Thu 02-May-13 12:18:22

The Generation Game takes you right through 70-80-90's.... Enjoyable read.

AnonYonimousBird Thu 02-May-13 12:17:35

I second What a Carve Up. Ridiculous, but an absolute hoot!

Planetofthedrapes Thu 02-May-13 02:22:11

Peerless Flats by Esther Freud
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz
Baby Cakes, Significant Others and Sure of You by Armistead Maupin

and now for some really trashy reads....
Princess Daisy.........Judith Krantz
Hollywood Wives......Jackie Collins

elkiedee Thu 02-May-13 01:59:12

I'm planning to read Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd this month, apparently it's set during the miners' strike. The Cold, Cold Ground and I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty are crime novels set in early 1980s Belfast, at the time of the Hunger strikes.

Lomaamina Wed 01-May-13 20:04:29

I agree BestIsWest Nice Work is an excellent choice for an 1980s novel as it has at its heart the decline of industry contrasted with the emergence of new universities (and a great story too).

BestIsWest Wed 01-May-13 16:27:13

Nice Work by David Lodge. I've just started re-reading it and it is the 80's very much as I remember them.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 10:48:26

I'm going to add to the chorus for Starter For Ten. Very funnygrin

Colyngbourne Tue 30-Apr-13 10:39:34

Like others above, I would recommend The Northern Clemency and Black Swan Green

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Sun 28-Apr-13 22:06:09

Currently reading Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Not a '80s novel', but it is set in the 80s and deals indirectly with the start of the AIDS epidemic so feels very of its time.

Bue Sun 28-Apr-13 17:45:03

All of Anne Tyler novels that were written in the 80s are set in the 80s (go figure). They feel pretty timeless though.

Starter for Ten is brill.

Lomaamina Sun 28-Apr-13 17:34:55

'City of the Mind' by Penelope Lively:,,9780141909967,00.html?strSrchSql=Penelope+Lively/City_of_the_Mind_Penelope_Lively

"In London’s changing heartland, architect Matthew Halland is constantly aware of the past and the present blending together. It stirs memories of his boyhood, the early years of his daughter Jane and the failed marriage that he has almost put behind him. Here too is the London of prehistory, of Georgian elegance, of the Blitz. But Matthew is occupied with constructing a new future for London in Docklands, and with it he begins to forge new, fragile yet hopeful, beginnings of his own. Lives connect and intersect in a web of connections, random and mysterious, in one of Penelope Lively’s most evocative novels. "

BestIsWest Sat 27-Apr-13 22:32:26

Rumpole of the Bailey! I used to love those books <wanders off in direction of loft>.

TheSmallClanger Fri 19-Apr-13 15:16:49

GB84 by David Peace, although you do need certain political sympathies and a strong stomach.

The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis - nice companion to American Psycho, less gory. Less Than Zero is also set in the 80s, but I didn't like that.

tripfiction Fri 19-Apr-13 10:11:11

It's a bit like busses, no 1980s set books and then they all pop up.

Another suggestion which has rave reviews - plenty of Gallic flair in this one, set around Mitterand's hat!

PeasandCucumbers Thu 18-Apr-13 23:48:33

I really enjoyed Starter for Ten

tripfiction Thu 18-Apr-13 20:14:59

I have just come across this: set in the 1980s, Winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition

needanewnickname Tue 16-Apr-13 00:13:40

I second Black Swan Green - well observed story of a boy who is a teenager at secondary school in the 80s.

ivehadaverybadday Mon 15-Apr-13 20:54:40

Horrid as it is, American Psycho is a fantastic book. I second all the Jonathan Coe, and The Line of Beauty smile

ISpyPlumPie Mon 15-Apr-13 20:52:10

Was going to suggest The Line of Beauty but was beaten to it! Also agree with What a Carve Up and the first three Aidrian Moles.

notcitrus Sun 14-Apr-13 13:30:14

Secret Diary and Growing Pains of Adrian Mole are great - I reread them recently as so much of them went over my head at the time.

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