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This review is from: The Day Parliament Burned Down (Hardcover)
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We have been blessed with a lot of excellent non-fiction books in the last year or so and, in my opinion, The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton is one of the best of this batch. Indeed, this book has recently been named as the 'Political Book of the Year', beating offerings from the likes of Alastair Campbell and Nick Robinson - and quite rightly so! Unbelievably - this is her first book.
Caroline Shenton gives us an hour by hour account of the fateful day, and night, of Thursday 16 October 1834, when the Houses of Parliament was destroyed by fire, but of course she is telling us more than just the when, why and how of this momentous event. The book is packed with fascinating detail of the history of British government, its personalities, systems and customs as well as its architecture.
My experience is that this is a book that begs to be read twice, once for the sheer brilliant story-telling and then a second go to cross-reference all those amazing facts and figures Ms Shenton weaves in to this rich tapestry.
Absolutely excellent - I do hope Ms Shenton follows up this book with one on the rebuilding of Parliament, now that would be a saga worth writing about too!