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Hold Ye Front Page: Hold Ye Front Page - 2000 Years of History on the Front Page of "The Sun" [Paperback]

Neil Roberts , John Perry
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4 Oct 1999

An irreverent look at 2,000 years of history through the eyes of Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper

The tabloid Sun came into existence only on November 17 1969 – which means no less than 14.5 billion years of the Earth’s history went unrecorded in its pages. Hold Ye Front Page now rights that wrong – at least in part. It covers 2,000 years of history as though the paper were reporting on the momentuous events of the last two millennia the day after each happened.

50 key events get the full Sun front-page treatment. The birth of Christ (A Star is Born), the Roman Invasion (Send ‘Em Rome), the Norman Invasion (Stormin’ Normans), Henry VIII (The Joy of Six), The American Revolution (Yanked Apart) , the first airplane (All Wright on the Night), the rise of Hitler (Nazi Piece of Work) and many more. This is history as you have never seen it before.

Accompanying tables, charts and text provide the real historical background, however. There’s a serious purpose here, too. And there’s a full index to help you navigate round the book more easily.

Stuffed with pictures, humour, irreverence and just plain, umistakeable Sun-style magic (how about Jeremy Clarkson’s Woad Test of the Magna Cart Deluxe?), this is the perfect accompaniment to the Millennium!



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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (4 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723010811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723010814
  • Product Dimensions: 34.6 x 27.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The tabloid Sun came into existence only on November 17 1969 -- which means no less than 14.5 billion years of the Earth’s history went unrecorded in its pages. 'Hold Ye Front Page' now rights that wrong -- at least in part. It covers 2,000 years of history as though the paper were reporting on the momentuous events of the last two millennia the day after each happened.

50 key events get the full 'Sun' front-page treatment. The birth of Christ (A Star is Born), the Roman Invasion (Send ‘Em Rome), the Norman Invasion (Stormin’ Normans), Henry VIII (The Joy of Six), The American Revolution (Yanked Apart) , the first airplane (All Wright on the Night), the rise of Hitler (Nazi Piece of Work) and many more. This is history as you have never seen it before.

Accompanying tables, charts and text provide the real historical background, however. There’s a serious purpose here, too. And there’s a full index to help you navigate round the book more easily.

Stuffed with pictures, humour, irreverence and just plain, umistakeable 'Sun'-style magic (how about Jeremy Clarkson’s Woad Test of the Magna Cart Deluxe?), this is the perfect accompaniment to the Millennium!

About the Author

John Perry and Neil Roberts are the chief sub-editors of the Sun. When not working on Hold Ye Front Page, they put together the front page of the Sun for real.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 9 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
As a journalism student, I like to consume everything to do with the newspaper industry. This book is not only a great laugh - the writers from the Sun have produced front ages for all the important events from the centuries past in a tongue in cheek way - but is also educational. It would have been easy to produce a jokey book, but the professionalism is astounding. A lot of thought has gone into the front pages and stories from hundreds of years ago are told in the typical tabloid style of today. Serious historians will not learn anything from this book, but show it to a young child or teenager and the bright colours and fun speak will have them captivated. They'll soon know of all the important things to have happened in the world, and who knows - they may want to find out more from a conventional source!
The book also contains real images from the Sun's long history, but it is most worth buying for a bit of fun history. A book you will always go back to when you're bored! Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Ye Front Page 24 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
The book is just what I wanted. Perfect for use in school! Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History can be Fun 5 Oct 2011
By Richard
Format:Paperback
Not the first time for this idea but the first to place all the key headlines in one book
The Walker Books issued seperate ones called The Roman News,Greek News and Egyptian News the 3 I found and the ones from Usborne Publishing called The Egyptian Echo,Greek Gazette,Roman Record,Viking Invader,Mediaeval Messenger and Stone Age Sentinel.
These magazines may not now be available.
The Sun approach is to use their own style of headline which makes a joke around a word eg Henry V!!!'s 6th marriage is The Joy of SIX and the French Wars has the headline The French Are Revolting.The Sun always have to give another meaning to word.
Years ago they published a column by Jonathan King who'd had a hit single in the 60s called Everyone's Gone To The Moon.They introduced him by saying he'd now left the Moon for the Sun!!
If the price of 30p is anything to go by for a paper which is 25p more if its the Daily Mail then either they are philanthropists or the paper is the lowest seller.
But at least they never had to stoop as low as the Express who stick on their front page "10 times cheaper than the Mail and 10 times better"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 17 Sep 2012
By Pete
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing book! Very clever fake headlines, but also very informative and makes history more interesting to read about, with accuarte timelines and facts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars giggle and nostalgia 5 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
All the fun and nostalgia is not for the events featured in these mock up tabloids, but for the days when UK red tops were clean funny and not vindictive and x-factor obsessed. A coffee table giggle and a good tool for teaching history.
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