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On Chesil Beach

A Novel

by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach
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    Jun 2007, 208 pages
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    Jun 2008, 224 pages

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Selected Events from the early 1960s (from a British perspective)

1960:
Penguin Books put on trial under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act for publishing Lady Chatterley's Lover (30 years after it had first been published in Italy). They are found not guilty and the prosecution is widely ridiculed as being out of touch with changing social norms when the chief prosecutor asks if it were the kind of book "you would wish your wife or servants to read".

"The Pill" becomes the first FDA approved drug to be given to a healthy person for long-term use.

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan delivers his Wind of Change speech ...

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