I realise this blog is becoming, in some ways, a kind of conversation with Jonathan Calderwrites David Boyle on The Real Blog.
Let me continue that conversation by reporting that David has another book coming out.
The other day I blogged about his The Age to Come. But there is also Broke: Who Killed the Middle Classes?
Discussing its themes back on his blog, David says:
In the 1930s, the heyday of middle-class house buying, a new semi-detached cost just over £500, available with a down payment of £50 (that is why I've got that poster at the top). This was when mortgages cost about 10 per cent of a middle-class incomes and were paid off within sixteen years.