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A romp through English history.
on 20 July 2012
This is a very readable romp through English history. The writer is witty and partisan, do not expect a balanced view of the Great events of our history. It was a bit "boy's own", in fact it reminded me of the Ladybird Histories of my childhood.
The negative was that for me there was not enough about the places, especially in the middle sections of the book, for example Oliver Cromwell's House, has one sentence about the house in the albeit entertaining biography of Cromwell. I wanted to know more about the places and why they had been chosen.
I imagine that much of the book is based on memory and opinion, there probably was not a lot of fact checking and like other reviewers I tried to read it with that in mind and will not point out the dubious historical facts, but I do have to take issue with the writer's words on the Brick Lane Mosque "Alas, like most mosques in this country, it is not open to the infidel." I have visited several mosques in this country and although non-Muslim have always been given a warm welcome. If the mosque in Brick Lane does not welcome visitors from other faiths then I would imagine that it is the exception rather than the rule.