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The Story of Britain [Hardcover]

Patrick Dillon , P. J. Lynch , Martha Dillon
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4 Oct 2010
A comprehensive history of Britain that delves into some edgy and less well-known events as well as shining a light on the more traditional narratives of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English history - William the Conqueror's arrival in 1066, Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, the execution of Charles I, the abolition of slavery, the Battle of Britain and many more, as well as all the famous characters we know and love (or hate). This jacketed hardback edition is lavishly illustrated by Irish artist P.J. Lynch.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406311928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406311921
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For years people have been complaining that there is no up to date equivalent to Our Island Story...Patrick Dillon has answered this need admirably with The Story of Britain. It is a straightforward and vivid account, well produced, and with pleasantly traditional illustrations by P.J. Lynch and deserves a place in any child s bookcase. --The Spectator

This highly readable narrative is easy to dip in and out of or to power through in big gulps . --The Guardian

A beautifully produced book with wonderful illustrations ... it really does cover everything ... a brilliant present ... and very good for adults who ve been short-changed in their history education as well! --Iain Dale, LBC Radio Book Club

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A definitive history of Britain which tells the story of two islands, Britain and Ireland, and all the people, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English, who have lived in them.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic History Book 28 Sep 2010
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This ia an amazing history book. It is a series of beautifully told stories in chronological order from 1066 until present day, plus a fantastic introduction that gives a very clear picture of life from the Stone Age until 1066.

The timelines for each period are very well done and help to get things in the right order. The stories themselves are so engaging that even adults who feel they know all about the main parts of our history would gain insight from reading this book.

I would recommend this to anyone of any age. It would make a perfect present for a child of any age. The illustrations are also lovely, although my one criticism is that there are not enough of them. Perhaps, though if there were too many this book would be dismissed by the older reader.

We were lucky enough to hear the author talk at a recent book festival, he held the attention of my ten year old daughter from the moment he started speaking until the moment he stopped, even when there were ICT difficulties as a distraction.

If there were 10 stars to give it would not be enough for this book. I sincerely hope that he brings out a version which covers ancient history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Informative and entertaining. 13 Dec 2010
A joyous and instructive journey through British History for young people. The colourful illustrations by P J Lynch compliment Patrick Dillon's accessible and entertaining prose.The Story of Britain is a fair-minded and timely book which will fill the gaping holes in our selective and limiting curriculum. Highly recommended. The Story of Britain is the perfect gift - and not just for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Britain 27 Dec 2010
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Bought for my 13 nephew. He is impressed with the stories only being a page long as, typical of a boy, he only reads in short doses. The book works in conjuction with the National Curriculum which will keep his interest in his school work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy informative read 21 Oct 2013
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A good general history of Britain. I can now understand where it all fits together without the endless lists of dates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for 11 year old 18 Mar 2013
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I bought this as a birthday present. It is a handsome book and well written but would benefit from a few more illustrations. It arrived very quickly and was very well packaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete diary of our nations 7 May 2014
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A well written informative book to cover the development of our country through almost ten centuries. It will not gather dust on the shelf.
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