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Hold Ye Front Page: Hold Ye Front Page - 2000 Years of History on the Front Page of "The Sun" Paperback – 4 Oct 1999
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From the Back Cover
The tabloid Sun came into existence only on November 17 1969 -- which means no less than 14.5 billion years of the Earth’s history went unrecorded in its pages. 'Hold Ye Front Page' now rights that wrong -- at least in part. It covers 2,000 years of history as though the paper were reporting on the momentuous events of the last two millennia the day after each happened.
50 key events get the full 'Sun' front-page treatment. The birth of Christ (A Star is Born), the Roman Invasion (Send ‘Em Rome), the Norman Invasion (Stormin’ Normans), Henry VIII (The Joy of Six), The American Revolution (Yanked Apart) , the first airplane (All Wright on the Night), the rise of Hitler (Nazi Piece of Work) and many more. This is history as you have never seen it before.
Accompanying tables, charts and text provide the real historical background, however. There’s a serious purpose here, too. And there’s a full index to help you navigate round the book more easily.
Stuffed with pictures, humour, irreverence and just plain, umistakeable 'Sun'-style magic (how about Jeremy Clarkson’s Woad Test of the Magna Cart Deluxe?), this is the perfect accompaniment to the Millennium!
About the Author
John Perry and Neil Roberts are the chief sub-editors of the Sun. When not working on Hold Ye Front Page, they put together the front page of the Sun for real.
Top customer reviews
The book also contains real images from the Sun's long history, but it is most worth buying for a bit of fun history. A book you will always go back to when you're bored! Highly recommended...
The Walker Books issued seperate ones called The Roman News,Greek News and Egyptian News the 3 I found and the ones from Usborne Publishing called The Egyptian Echo,Greek Gazette,Roman Record,Viking Invader,Mediaeval Messenger and Stone Age Sentinel.
These magazines may not now be available.
The Sun approach is to use their own style of headline which makes a joke around a word eg Henry V!!!'s 6th marriage is The Joy of SIX and the French Wars has the headline The French Are Revolting.The Sun always have to give another meaning to word.
Years ago they published a column by Jonathan King who'd had a hit single in the 60s called Everyone's Gone To The Moon.They introduced him by saying he'd now left the Moon for the Sun!!
If the price of 30p is anything to go by for a paper which is 25p more if its the Daily Mail then either they are philanthropists or the paper is the lowest seller.
But at least they never had to stoop as low as the Express who stick on their front page "10 times cheaper than the Mail and 10 times better"
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