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A beastly cold country: Britain in 1962

30 January 2021

9:00 AM

30 January 2021

9:00 AM

Frostquake: The Frozen Winter of 1962 and How Britain Emerged a Different Country Juliet Nicolson

Chatto & Windus, pp.356, 18.99

Like this author, I was happily snowbound at a beloved grandparent’s house during the big freeze that began on Boxing Day 1962 and ended in early March the following year. I was in Sussex, she at Sissinghurst in Kent. Juliet Nicolson, then eight, describes the morning of 27 December: ‘The snow was still there, turning the landmarks of the garden — the walls, lawns, statues, urns — into something unrecognisable but unified.

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