A Twentieth Century Icon
IB Tauris 2006
Hardback 204pp Illustrated
9781845110345   Product Code: 40376
The bomb-shattered city of Coventry provided an opportunity for the Labour-controlled council to carry out urban regeneration which could be held up as a model of city planning. However, the initial optimism of the 1950s and 1960s would later turn to disillusion with the collapse of manufacturing industry. Based around his own family history, Adrian Smith's essays record Coventry's experiences before, during and after the war and celebrates the inspiration the city has given to artists such as Larkin and Britten.