Parliament: The Biography, Vol. 2 - Reform Hardcover – 14 Aug 2014
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"A sweeping history of Britain's political system... One of the most thoughtful accounts I have read" (Francis Beckett BBC History)
"Parliament is a very good read, with interesting anecdotes and observations enriched by the fact the author is an MP" (Total Politics)
"An entertaining read" (The Mail on Sunday)
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It is well written and incredibly well researched with fine and interesting details.
Occasionally it becomes heavy sailing and sometimes i had to refer back a few pages because it was a little confusing.
However these are personal and minor niggles, if like me you want to understand our parliamentary history then stay with it.
There is so much to learn, not just in terms of laws and bureaucracy, but the colourful characters that litter our history, expressions and words that have entered the English language, all from the British Parliament.
Volume 1 takes you from the early days of the first meetings that were the forerunner of a structured system to 1800.
Volume 2 completes the history.
There is a lot of myth and misconceptions about our parliament and this book puts those to bed.
Remember this great institution affects every aspect of our lives, and will affect the lives of your children and grand children.
I do not know of any other books that are so specialised and comprehensive.
A permanent reference tome of immense usefulness that is also great value. Recommended.
Never the less it does give a fascinating insight into the recent evolution of the British parliament and with its first half forms an invaluable primer on the history of parliament.
Even at two volumes worth it is still a whistle stop tour of Parliamentary history since the 13th century.
You do need to be awake to follow the flow of all the dates and names, not suitable for snoozy bedtime reading but well worth the effort.
Has made me want to read some more about Pitt and Co so a biography has been duly bought
volume 2 now ordered....i wonder how it ends?
Fav line especially now!
"Cooke had warned that if an act of Union were to be agreed it would have to be "written-up, spoken-up, intrigued-up, drunk-up, sung-up and bribed-up" and so it was to prove"
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