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The Story Of Britain: A People's History (Pimlico) Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712665463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712665469
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable achievement... His book should be read by anyone, anywhere, who cares about Britain's national past, national identity or national prospects" (David Cannadine Independent on Sunday)

"Our forebears had the Bible and Pilgrim's Progress. We have Stephen Hawking and Delia Smith. This book, for British people, has that kind of status. It is an instant classic... I have been reading it with unalloyed admiration and delight" (A.N. Wilson Evening Standard)

"Elegantly written, beautifully illustrated and scrupulously fair... Classic popular history" (Andrew Roberts Mail on Sunday)

"His narratives stream along, his judgements are sharp and generally fair... Essential reading" (Linda Colley The Times)

"A triumph... The Story of Britain succeeds better thatn any other contemporary survey in conveying a sense of British identity" (Amanda Foreman Independent)

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'A country which is ignorant of its past loses its identity. ' So writes Roy Strong in his introduction to this magnificent one-volume history of Britain.

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Format: Paperback
In buying "The Story of Britain", I wanted for a tome that would cover the history of Britain without being too impenetrable. The book does this well, and does so whilst keeping every single chapter and its corresponding period of history interesting, engrossing and enjoyable to read. Roy has a great skill for describing episodes of history in much more lifelike way than I have found in many books. Probably not the level of detail for the major historian, but plenty for the casual interested reader.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. It offers the reader fascinating insights into the more worthwhile aspects of British history, giving both a general overview and some in-depth analysis. From a non-historian's point of view, I would say it seems fairly objective in its presentation and does not oblige the reader to start the work and pursue it in chronological fashion. Rather, he/she can 'dip in' to his/her favourite aspects of history, focusing on whichever aspect takes their fancy. This book is also suitable for older children (I began reading it when I was 15) as the style is elevated without being abstruse. Excellent read, highly recommended.
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A very good book about the history of England, but Scotland and Wales get VERY little acknowledgement. At the same time I bought a history on Wales and funilly enough someting actually happend there BEFORE 1536 - which is where Wales gets it's first mention - 'absorbed into England'
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I bought this book shortly after its appearance in 1996 at Hatchards of Piccadilly and I keep returning to it. Strong tells his story well with just the right amount of detail to keep things lively without getting bogged down. Naturally, the book centres around those in power but some of the chapters are dedicated to e.g Chaucer, Shakespeare, Inigo Jones, Newton, Capability Brown etc, to put the political developments in a cultural perspective (or, if you like, the other way round). For some a serious drawback might be the fact that the histories of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are only touched upon in connection with developments in England. But then, one might pose the question if the histories of these parts of the British islands before they formed, together with England, the United Kingdom, would add anything of significance or relevance at all. I for one doubt it. (In case you should disagree I would respectfully direct you to Norman Davies' book 'The Isles', an altogether more scholarly and perhaps less accessible book, in which the extremities of the UK are given their proper due.) The 600 page book is sensibly devided into 72 chapters, with separate appendices listing the kings and queens of England (and a separate appendix listing the kings and queens of Scotland) and the prime ministers; an abundance of beautiful full colour illustrations illuminate the book very well indeed (the pictures alone would almost justify the purchase of the book) and make it a joy to dive into. While the book may not comply with strict academic standards it certainly serves its purpose in giving 'everyone the history of their country' (if you're Engish, or anglophile).
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Really glad I got this. I learnt history such a long long time ago I had forgotten everything - this very succinctly tells it all,over again. Stuffed with information but written so well that it just flows. I don't feel I'm being lectured. Nice short chapters that can be taken in and pondered over in one sitting. Beautifully illustrated. Highly recommended as a book every family should have on its shelves.
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A very readable account of British history which one can dip into chapter by chapter. All significant aspects are covered - it is not just about kings and queens, but science, religion, the arts, exploration, finance and politics. Its content is accessible to students of any age.
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The writing style was eminently readable and didn't get bogged down. Obviously it isn't all there, but it's possible to back to any era of particular interest for more detail. Recommended for an insight to how we got here.
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I bought this book because I stopped studying History when I was about 14 and have regretted it ever since. This is a big bok (and heavy too) but is a great read. Strong tells a story and manages to balance facts and figures with a well contructed story, interspersed with good descriptive writing so that you get a feel for what life might have been really like. This is in stark contrast to some other tombes I have tried to work my way through! It took a couple of weeks to complete (while on a beach holiday) but I ended up feeling fulfilled and much more informed about our national heritage. Thoroughly recommended!
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