This is a pretty substantial book that starts in the 1770s and ends in 2012.
The 21 chapters are dated: 1770s, 1780-1820, 1821-1838, 1839-1843, 1843-1895, 1895-1906, 1907-1912, 1912-1918, 1919-1926, 1926-1928, 1929-1930, 1931-1933, 1934-1936, 1937-1938, 1939-1941, 1941-1945, 1945-1947, 1948-1951, 1952-1956, 1957-1960, 1961-2012.
I was slightly surprised that the last chapter covered 50 years when some of the other chapters only cover 2 years and if this is a true biography then I think recent happenings should have more coverage even if the historian might not want to come to definite conclusions about them.
David Day writes well and this is a handsome book.
I was appalled by the slaughter of the wildlife described in the earliest chapters - sickening, thoughtless and typical. It was also interesting to see for how long the UK and Argentina have been discussing the Falkland Islands.
Does this book have an Australian bent - I hope so, it is good to get other peoples perspective. Definitely worth a read.