Tuesday, 20 July 2010
boom baby boom
Baby boomers were born between 1945 and 1955, or 1959, depends on who you believe. I was born in 1954. What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do for Us? is a book which - well, I haven't read it yet - seems to say, not much. trashed the world for the next generation apparently. Well, possibly. We have had only two baby-boomer prime ministers in the UK, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and there will be no more. We are out of power now. It didn't last long. Whatever. I am slightly more interested in how few novels by baby boomers there seem to have been. The 1980s is a decade more likely to be portrayed in British novels than the 1960s or 1970s, and if the latter it will be from the point of view of a child. Why do readers think that is? I have my own point of view about the baby boom generation, as a member of it, but it does make me laugh when I read that my generation "went to university without paying fees, and got grants". How many of us went to university do you suppose? Think about it.