England: The Last Hurrah

England: The Last Hurrah

Hardback Published on: 13/04/2023
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"...the panorama of a self-forgotten milieu." — Monopol
"Toffs behaving badly: 1980s high society in photos." — The Times

“The pictorial equivalents of Evelyn Waugh’s sentences.” — The New Yorker

"Modest though he is, Dafydd’s photographs will endure for having perfectly captured a society on the brink of decline. Unmissable listening." — Country & Townhouse podcast

"Wonderfully ironic, every point in the picture ignites and knows how to entertain very well." — Lovely Books

“Dafydd catches those moments of genuine exhilaration, wealth and youth.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“I wondered if the party guests I’d photographed were just re-enacting a nostalgic fantasy, an imaginary version of England that already no longer existed.” – Dafydd Jones

Throughout the 1980s, award-winning photographer Dafydd Jones was granted access to some of England’s most exclusive upper-class events. Now, the author of Oxford: The Last Hurrah presents this irreverent and intimate portrait of birthday parties and charity balls, Eton picnics and private school celebrations.

With the crack of a hunting rifle and a spray of champagne, these photos give an almost cinematic account of high-society England at its most riotous and its most vulnerable. Against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, globalisation, the Falklands War, rising stocks and dwindling inherited fortunes, Jones reveals the inner lives of the established elite as they party long into the night-time of their fading world.

Praise for Oxford: The Last Hurrah

‘Sublime vintage photographs...’ – Hermione Eyre, The Telegraph

‘In The Last Hurrah...we see familiar faces from British high society poised on the brink of adulthood.’ – Eve Watling, Independent

  • Publisher: ACC Art Books
  • ISBN: 9781788842198
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 738g
  • Dimensions: 230 x 190 mm

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