Seven Lives from Mass Observation by James Hinton has been published by the Oxford University Press.
This book, a successor to Hinton’s acclaimed publication about the wartime, Mass Observers: Nine Wartime Lives, investigates what it is like to live in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century. At the core of the book are seven ‘biographical essays’: intimate portraits of individual Mass Observation Project writers’ lives set in the context of the shift towards the more lenient and permissive society of the 1960s to the rise of Thatcherism and neo-liberalism.
The Mass Observers depicted in the book demonstrate that a diversity of voices that can be found within the Mass Observation Project collection. Four women and three men are featured- wife of a small businessman, teacher, social worker, RAF wife, mechanic, lorry driver, City banker. All are lively characters with strong opinions and lives, not always without struggles or drama. The honesty and frankness of their writing allows Hinton to explore how people make sense of their lives in rapidly changing times.