Read a story back in the 1980s in a sci-fi anthology about England just after a nuclear war. The government was trying to rebuild and everyone was suffering from radiation poisoning. Towards the end a mob of survivors captured several people in the government and wanted to know who started the war. I remember other nuclear war stories in the book as well just can't remember any details.

I seem to recall the cover being reddish-pink. Most if not all of the stories dealt with Cold War/Nuclear War themes. No aliens or spaceships. I could be misremembering but the title of the anthology was something like "The Best Science Fiction Stories of 1982". I've obviously Googled for that a few times, even changing the date and none of what I found seemed to be the one I was looking for. I could have missed something though. I do not remember any of the authors' names either (been too long ago).

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! You should check out the suggestions for asking story-id questions to see if they help you remember any other details to edit into your question. For example, do you remember anything about the cover of the book, even just the colour?
    – DavidW
    Sep 4, 2019 at 18:52

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I strongly suggest googling "nuclear war anthology". That turned up this one with a cover that one might stretch to be the one you're looking for:


This was, of course, a very common theme at that time, but I'm sure Amazon will turn it up.

  • Which story in Countdown to Midnight do you think matches the OP's description?
    – user14111
    Oct 13, 2019 at 1:45

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