Booker, Christopher. The Neophiliacs. A Study of the Revolution in English Life in the Fifties and Sixties. London, Collins, 1969. 22.2cm x 14.2cm. 381 pages. Original hardcover with gilt lettering on spine. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Around the mid-1950s, on a wave of technological advances, Western civilisation moved into a period of prosperity dwarfing anything that had ever gone before. How golden was this age of affluence? How did it come to spawn a legend? The Fifties and Sixties are said to have witnessed sexual, artistic and scientific revolutions, the explosion of youth culture, the creation of a classless society. The New Aristocrats were pop singers, clothes designers, actors and actresses, film-makers, photographers, artists, writers, models and restaurateurs. Christopher Booker disentangles fantasy and reality, the ephemeral from the enduring. He charts the rise and fall of a collective dream.