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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099451875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099451877
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A.N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his work. He lives in North London.

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"No review can do justice to the richness, liveliness and sheer fun of this book. Wilson has written one of the books of the year" (John Charmley Guardian)

"Argumentative, thought-provoking and very well-written" (Andrew Roberts Daily Telegraph)

"He shows that the issues which dominate our headlines - immigration, Iraq, religious tolerance - have their roots in decisions made, or not made, as long ago as the Twenties ... A compelling read" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)

"The practised columnist's ability to provoke new thoughts with an original and opinionated argument is evident on nearly every page... Coherent and absorbing" (Michael Grove The Times)

"A page-turner, lambent with fascination... One of the best things about the book is the use Wilson makes of the period's reflection in its fecund literature. And, indeed, his masterly piece of history is a work of literature too" (A.C. Grayling Financial Times)

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Follow-up to the bestselling The Victorians in which A. N. Wilson tells the story of the 'Decline and Fall' of Britain.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Davison on 13 July 2014
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I absolutely loved this book.

A N Wilson is luminously intelligent, and his prose style is luminously clear and engaging. I wish history books had been like this when I was at school. The author has a wonderful ability to sum up a person, a place or an event in a few words that light up the page.

I particularly liked his sense of fairness: Winston Churchill is shown warts and all, and Edward VIII gets a sympathetic reassessment. A N Wilson reveals some very dirty secrets about the British in India, whilst arguing for the positive aspects of the Empire. He shows us why the Nazis were popular in Germany, and why this did not make the Germans much different from the rest of us.

And it's not just politics: there are illuminating chapters on religion, literature, science and art.

Fascinating, enthralling, often deeply moving and sometimes very funny - this is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By old crow on 16 April 2013
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This book goes underneath and above the usual party line of history of this time, giving us insight into things usually skated over or ignored. He's an insightful and clear writer who presents history in an easy to digest and entertaining humourous manner, if you like wry humour that is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy on 4 Dec. 2012
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'After the Victorians' is a fascinating and informative account of the first half of the 20th century ending a few years after the second world war
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlquist Harris on 7 Dec. 2013
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The further Wilson gets from his beloved Victorians, the less he seems fascinatingly provocative and the more he seems like a crank. For example, from the book you'd get the impression the abdication of Edward VIII was one of the great injustices of the age. I doubt it. Why does Wilson care? Over so many pages? He wasn't even alive at the time. On the other hand, he's wonderful on Churchill — but then ( a point Wilson makes himself ) Churchill was something like the Last of the Victorians.
This was my third Wilson ( after "Victorians" and "God's Funeral" ) and I've got the new Dante book on my shelves — even further from Victoria, but Wilson's such excellent company I won't be able to resist.
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