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Remember, Remember (The Fifth of November): The History of Britain in Bite-Sized Chunks Hardcover – 9 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (9 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173199
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Parkinson is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'I before E (Except after C)', which has been featured everywhere from the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to questions asked on University Challenge. She is also the author of 'Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: The History of Britain in Bite-sized Chunks' and 'Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas: Popular Expressions - What They Mean and Where We Got Them'. Judy has appeared on national radio and across the media talking about her books.

Judy has worked as a journalist, and has interviewed many public figures about their school days for the Times Educational Supplement and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London and also works as a television producer making educational documentaries for Teachers TV. She has produced numerous music videos and television commercials.

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Refreshingly concise (The Lady)

Claiming there are only 150 key things you really need to know that have shaped in the story of Britain, this book delivers them in easy to swallow, bite-sized chunks (Best of British)

Bit rusty on the old Brit history? Feel like a thicko when it comes to talking about the past? Need to swot up for the pub quiz? Then this is the book for you, an easily digestible way to sounding clever (Fresh Direction Magazine)

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Judy Parkinson's topically titled Remember Remember (The Fifth of November), offers a potted history of Britain to digest along with the toffee apples.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Lulu J on 21 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a great, fun and manageable way to remember the most salient points of British history that we've all forgotten from school. It takes all the boring bits out and covers history from Roman Britain to the second world war. It's easy to dip in and out of and the perfect accompaniment to the brilliant I Before E that I bought last year. This book makes history fun!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tara on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was really impressed with this book. It's nice and easy to read and covers the important parts of History worth knowing about. I was very impressed when I saw it included events like the Amritsar Massacre, although not something that is widely known, it shows the important turning point in the Indians attitude towards the British Raj - something which people should come to know about! Definitely worth getting as it's easy to dip in and out of!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NARV on 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read quite a lot of history books which specialise in certain areas, but still appreciate books which aim to provide a brief over-view of events. These types of books fulfill a different purpose (and may be looked down on by some historians), but they do fill a very important niche. Sometimes what you need is a page outlining the narrative of an event rather than a book on it.

Remember, Remember does this very well. The book is set out in chronological order, and split into sections: Roman Britain; The Dark Ages; The Late Middle Ages; Tudor Britain; Stuart Britain; Georgian Britain; Victorian Britain; Edwardian Britain; the First World War Years; The Inter-War Years; and The Second World War. Each page is given over to a single topic under a new heading and date, and there are about 150 topics/events described.

Laying the book out in this way makes it rather compulsive reading, especially as it is chronological. Of course, given the chosen layout, there is plenty that is not covered, but that is the way it must be. The book would lose its compulsive appeal if there were several pages to each topic.

My copy has a pleasantly solid hard cover which is also a bonus, and I can forgive it for lacking illustrations and maps. I think this is one of the few occasions when I would consider a book an equally appropriate gift for someone with only a little or a decent knowledge of history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Locksley on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a history graduate I am constantly dragging my partner (willingly) around historical sites and droning on about the historical significance of it all. Sadly she dropped history at an early age and now wishes she had kept up with it. I bought this book for her to help with this and she loves it! It turns out to be a great little book, with a page on each of the well-chosen subjects running through British history from pre-Roman times. It may also be useful as a reference book for those who wish to quickly check or read something on a particular era or subject. In short, a great buy that will help anyone who wishes to return to their school history.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TV Addict Amy on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm hoping to go to University in September to study History, and i wanted a book that would cover British history (as that is my particular interest) yet i did not want a history book that would take me ages to read. I'm very glad i found this book, it covers everything right from the Roman era to WW2. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who has a keen interest in British history. It is a quick read but very informative at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A rhythm person on 1 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful little book for all those wishing to be introduced to British history or merely wish to be reminded of those important dates and scenarios that we learnt at school. A couple of errors that need sorting:

George IV became Prince Regent on 5 February 1811 and was only Regent for nine years as George III died on 29 January 1820.

Edward VIII was never crowned. He became King on the death of his father George V on 20 January 1936. Edward abdicated on 10 December 1936 well before his coronation. He was never crowned.

Apart from that, this is an excellent little book. Next steps for those wishing to move forward will be the A Dictionary of British History (Oxford Paperback Reference) and Britannia: 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynnie on 17 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this little unintimidating overview of British history. Its easy to read and helps make sense of the sequence of events without the confusion of too much detail. Recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Hi,
The title Remember Remember is a little bit misleading, as I thought it was going to be a book of history mnemonics.

Instead it consists of 150 important events in British History condensed down to a page per event. Easily digestible (burp!)

And I hope the author has plans to do a similar version for world history
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