on 10 October 2000
Listeners to Radio 4 will hardly need introducing to this book, which outlines the principal events of UK history in the 20th Century in a highly readable way. Originally broadcast during 1999, this is a worthy sequel to the original epic serial which covered the period from the Romans to Victoria.
This is a book written for a general audience, and readers should not expect dazzling new insights, or learned discussion of great events. However, as a (fairly conventional) overview of the last 100 years it will be enjoyed by many.
on 28 March 2011
Christopher Lee is a Cambridge History Fellow and was previously a BBC foreign affairs correspondent, and a prolific playwright.
He has created an extremely easy to read, interesting and enjoyable British history. Volume 1 covers 55 BCE to 1901 and this volume 1901-1999. He describes and explains all the key events, conveys a great depth of understanding, and brings the characters to life along the way.
Reasoned, succinct, illuminating, this is superb popular history