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Hope and Glory: A People's History of Modern Britain [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Maconie
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In Hope and Glory Stuart Maconie goes in search of the days that shaped the Britain we live in today. Taking one event from each decade of the 20th century, he visits the places where history happened and still echoes down the years. Stuart goes to Orgreave and Windsor, Wembley and Wootton Bassett, assembling a unique cast of Britons from Sir Edmund Hillary to Sid Vicious along the way.

It’s quite a trip, full of sex and violence and the occasional scone and jigsaw. From pop stars to politicians, Suffragettes to punks, this is a journey around Britain in search of who we are.

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"A very engaging writer with a remarkably broad frame of reference" (Mail on Sunday)

"...compelling and often witty insight into the customs and mindsets of overlooked corners of Britain ... Maconie is an engaging and illuminating guide throughout" (Independent)

"As funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell" (Observer)

"More serious than you might expect, copies should be available in every school" (Guardian)

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Stuart Maconie travels around Britain, delving into the history of the 20th century to find the key moments that shaped us as a nation

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926496
  • ASIN: B007Q25ZHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a fan of Stuart Maconie for some time and have thoroughly enjoyed all his books, particularly 'Pies and Prejudice'. I wasn't actually sure he would ever better that effort but with 'Hope and Glory' he has at least matched it and possibly gone on a step further. 'As funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell' is the Observer's verdict and for once this is no hyperbole. Maconie writes beautifully, he has created laugh out loud moments alongside moving accounts written with great poignancy. Some would describe Stuart Maconie as having a left wing agenda but really his observations transcend politics. He simply writes with enormous compassion and a thorough understanding of the human condition. From the Battle of the Somme to the National Front, the Suffragettes to Simon Cowell via Bobby Moore, Punk and a whole lot more this is history as it should be. Never dull, always entertaining, informative and full of lessons we should learn from. An outstanding book and certainly my candidate for the most enjoyable book of the year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Glory 21 July 2011
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I love Stuart Maconie's writing; it is intelligent, intellectual, articulate and very,very funny. I like the way he spares not the idiocies of the present day, the "dribbling" television programmes, the culture of unmerited celebrity and the generally weary folk he meets. This book is a fantastic ramble through history, geography and his own subject of sociology.Be warned, though; this author can reduce you to tears.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable in parts 12 May 2013
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I have enjoyed Stuart Maconie's other books and his work on the radio. This, however, is a bit of a mixed bag. It reads as though the book was written and published in a rush.

Maconie sets up each chapter with a quote about a particular year. He soon wanders a long way from this quote - usually but not always - telling the reader of his travels. His travels are the best part of the book. He seems most comfortable and most readable when he is meeting owners of cafes and eating teacakes. He illuminates the 'ordinary' person. Early chapters are very readable, although the writer tends to write more about the north of England than any other parts of Britain. He misses out Scotland altogether and has very little to say about the history of Wales.

About midway through, the book looses direction. There is a huge chapter on football with the sort of commentary that you hear from certain sorts of young football enthusiasts on the train from Cardiff to London. For the person who has no interest in football at all, this is purgatorial. I skipped most of it. After this chapter comes one that slips into a rant about the royal family. The trouble is that we have heard all of this before. The book is probably at its best when Maconie is almost invisible and at its worst when it degenerates into sociological jargon. In a book of this sort, we need to know less of Maconie's own opinions and leave the 'facts' to speak for themselves. It is also irritating when the author uses the book to let the reader know what Maconie has achieved.

There are numerous factual errors throughout the book and a lot of typos. Careful editing would have caught these errors before the book got into print. Generally, then, an enjoyable read but one that could have been so much better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious 11 Sept. 2011
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Having really loved Stuart Maconie's last three books in which he looked at his obsession with pop music , what it means to be a northerner and the quirks of the British middle classes, I was a bit worried that he might have been running out of ideas with this latest one. The theme seemed a bit tenuous - pick a date from each decade of the 20th century and visit key places to find out more about the events that have shaped the Britain we live in today. I needn't have worried; Maconie's writing is as warm and funny as ever and he manages to make both earth-shattering events and mundane everyday occurrences equally interesting and relevant.

The events Stuart has chosen to illustrate the social history of the 20th century range from the rise of the Suffragettes, the General Strike and the emerging Trade Union movement to the arrival of The Windrush, the birth of punk and the landslide election of 1997 - all subjects which interest me so he pretty much had my attention guaranteed from the start. However, he also managed to keep me informed and entertained through chapters on mountaineering (the Queen's coronation and the conquering of Everest in June 1953) and football (England's 1966 World Cup victory). No mean feat I can tell you.

As he travels around in search of the people and places involved (consuming copious pots of tea and toasted teacakes in museum cafes en route), we are treated to the usual wry asides and insightful observations fans have come to know and love from his previous books. This description of the portrait of Prince Albert on display in Osborne House really made me chuckle: "Furthermore, he wears that expression of ineffable pain and weariness familiar to anyone who's just been told they need a new boiler".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from the pen of Maconie 12 July 2011
What a great pleasure to see a writer grow with each book. I have now read all of his work and he just gets better. Perhaps it is his taste in music or his politics? Or perhaps it is just the humour and warmth that leap from every page, but I love his work. I cannot wait for the next installment. I have travelled every step of the way with the writer and felt the love in his subject. if you only but one book this summer please buy this
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very enjoyable read
Published 5 months ago by Kate9050
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great release from Stuart
A fascinating read from from Stuart. He describes the places visited in a rich and layered way that draws you into the narrative. A great read.
Published 7 months ago by Paul Maven
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality ex library book
Good quality ex library book. Came in large print which wasn't mentioned in the posting
Published 7 months ago by Colin Green
5.0 out of 5 stars ... with mine so it was inevitable that I would enjoy reading it
Ascerbic and angry as ever - his views coincide exactly with mine so it was inevitable that I would enjoy reading it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. Joan Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars and he makes Orwell sound like a right-wing swivel-eyed loony
Well, Bryson he ain't... and he makes Orwell sound like a right-wing swivel-eyed loony. Maconie parades his right-on PC credentials, having a go at all the usual targets -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ade
1.0 out of 5 stars Not History, more incoherent rant
Firstly, the title is a complete misnomer. This is not a history of modern Britain, more a rather pedestrian travelogue crossed with a particularly witless polemic. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr D A Jarratt
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing account of modern British history
Stuart Maconie has given a detailed and absorbing account of modern British history. As in his Pies and Prejudice he has researched the subject well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Frances Maguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and facinating
brilliantly written, this is a book to both inform, educate and amuse. Lots of stuff I thought I knew was fleshed out with some fascinating detail. I Loved it. highly recommended.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good stuff - just not up to Maconie's best
I very much enjoy Stuart Maconie's writing and though I may generally not agree with his musical taste (though he did introduce me to Gentle Giant), I have a lot of sympathy with... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian Clegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another excellent Maconie tome. I listen to him regularly on 6 so this is as though he was reading aloud to me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Paul Tarrant
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