Designed for the AQA A2 History Unit 3 exam paper, this is a fairly competent attempt at covering the 1642-1689 period. In its favour, it links closely with the syllabus (as you would expect for a text "exclusively endorsed by AQA"), has helpful timelines and some good illustrations and maps. However towards the end it has the feel of a 'rush job,' with plenty of extended quotes from other authors covering the pages. This can make it difficult to follow the narrative. The section on 1653-58 is also laid out in quite a confusing manner for anyone not already familiar with the basic story, as it examines theories of government first. This leads to a discussion about the Humble Petition and Advice appearing before an appraisal of the major-generals - i.e. in the wrong chronological order and so tricky for the unfamiliar. Taking opposition to Cromwell as Lord Protector before any real coverage of Cromwell's policies also strikes one as odd. It's also written in quite a dry and uninspiring style and for those who have studied the companion AQA AS-Level Britain 1625-42, this book is certainly inferior to Farr's earlier work for that part. Other books cover this pivotal period in British History in more easily-digestible and inspiring form, but I suspect that this text is the one most students will rely on as it is linked so closely to their A-Level course. Hopefully a range of other authors will also play their part in developing students' understanding of this period, notably David Smith, Ian Gentles, Peter Gaunt, Barry Coward, John Miller, Michael Lynch, Christopher Hill, Tim Harris, John Morrill and Ronald Hutton.