The Croydon Boy trilogy

In this unique three-volume series, Peter Saunders blends sociological research with social history and personal biography to reflect on seventy years of social change in Britain.


Who was the best-selling recording artist in Britain in 1967?  Not the Beatles, the Stones, the Who or the Beach Boys.  It was Engelbert Humperdink.

The reality of the sixties often fails to live up to the hype.  Very few young Brits were tripping on acid, demonstrating in Grosvenor Square, or battling among the Mods and Rockers on Brighton beach.  Peter Saunders wasn't - he was too busy fretting that he might never lose his virginity.

Croydon Boy examines how dramatic post-war changes in family life, sexual mores, education, law and order, standards of living and personal freedoms impacted on the lives of ordinary kids growing up in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

Paperback (304pp) £12.49

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Reader reviews:

"It's a wonderful book and I loved the mix of sociology and autobiography"

"Beautifully written, highly readable and immensely evocative"

"An excellent read"

"Has brought back many memories and I have been chuckling out loud many times. I am amazed at the detail of your recollection"

"Wonderful, just like reliving the first 20 years of my life.  I laughed out loud and cried"


The Sixties are over.  The Beatles have disbanded.  Ali has lost his crown.  Stormclouds are forming.  They've even turned the clocks back.

In the early seventies the author was living with his in-laws.  It wasn't going well.  The rest of the world was in a bit of a mess as well.  British troops shot 13 civil rights protesters in Londonderry.  Eleven Israeli athletes were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics.  The miners were on strike in Britain and people were lighting their homes with candles.

In this sequel to Croydon Boy, Peter Saunders takes a personal look back on life in Britain during the tumultuous years of the 1970s and 1980s.

Paperback (274pp) £11.99

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In preparation (expected 2022):

The concluding volume in the Croydon Boy trilogy


Growing Old in a New Millennium

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