1952 saw the Queen ascend to the throne, The Mousetrap open in the West End and the first Jewish Book Week; all going strong 70 years on while thankfully London’s other big event, the Great Smog is not.
Further afield, Albert Einstein declined the offer to succeed Chaim Weizmann as the second president of four-year-old Israel, the first European Parliament was established, McCarthyism stepped up in the US and after Operation Hurricane off the north-west coast of Australia, Britain became the third global nuclear power.
In the world of words, the year saw Anne Frank’s diaries translated into English for the first time, the launch of Mad and NME, and books published include Charlotte’s Web, East of Eden, The Borrowers and major works by Isaac Asimov, Vasily Grossman and Arthur Koestler.
Mark Lawson is joined by a top panel to reflect on an era-defining 12 months.
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Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four.
Maureen Lipman is an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedian. She is the author of nine books and writes regularly for Standpoint magazine and Spectator Health.