We do love to apply nicknames to things, even decades. The Swinging Sixties, The Gay Nineties and of course, the Roaring Twenties. A decade of excitement, energy, eccentricity, fun and freedom—a completed release after the horrors of the Great War, and total abandon for the terrors yet to come.
Because, as we know, it wasn’t all fun. The 20’s was a time of great hardship in Britain – the Jarrow March, The General Strike. In America there was prohibition and the rise of gangsterism.
In this anthology the Editor wanted to encapsulate those extremes, stories showed the fun of the 20’s, but also the hard violent and vicious underbelly. The “newness” at the time was also shown in with the rise of movies and motor cars.