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The Story of Britain Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406311928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406311921
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,092 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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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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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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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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Brought as a goodbye gift for a dear friend who is leaving the UK to work abroad. Full of very informative info on British history. Lovely illustrations. Very pleased with purchase I'm sure my friend & his family will enjoy the read.
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This book is quite remarkable for the strong ideological bias. Britain in this book is not a people or a place but is defined by a community that believes in freedom and tolerance. Historical episodes are judged good or bad according to how far these qualities are advanced. Hence, after WWII 'Everyone ('Everyone!) was cold, ill and tired.' which is quite extraordinary. Later Britain was on the verge of complete oblivion before it was 'renewed' by immigration, but only once the British people had remembered their belief in freedom and tolerance for all! America after the Cold War, we are told, did not use their power wisely because they started wars all over the place. Tony Blair is a hero because he 'finally' got rid of hereditary peers (neglecting to say that he replaced them with precisely nothing in terms of an efficient equivalent). Islamic terrorism is placed squarely (and erroneously) in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict. I could go on but you get the picture.
It is also plain wrong especially on the Civil Wars, WWI and several other incidents. Finally, throughout the book it is made clear that religion is the real problem in causing conflict and oppression. This reaches a climax during which the section on Partition in India that states that religion was to blame for ruining the process.
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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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What a great, accessible book. Although it doesn't go into detail, it does cover a lot of ground and serves as a fantastic starting point from which you can find other resources to expand on topics of interest. I bought this on my Kindle but will be buying a hardback copy for my young son.
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