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A History Book For Everyone
16 January 2018
Rebecca Fraser’s A People’s History of Britain is a very good informative and entertaining read. It is easy to read and I think this is due to the way Fraser writes and the way the book is structured in chronological order, via the Kings and Queens that have ruled the country. It’s approximately 800 pages in length and covers all the important events that you’d expect from a history book of this sort. I did however find that some events were covered more briefly towards the latter part of the book, such as the rise of Mosley and BUF (in just one or two paragraphs). This didn’t bother me so much as the chapters on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are thoroughly done, as too is the information on the Reformation—three reasons why I bought the book. In one way, the book is an update on that famous childhood classic from the past: Henrietta Marshall’s Our Island Story; but in Fraser’s case we have a more solid, accurate retelling of history without the flag waving that one gets from Marshall’s story, and a book that can be read by all the family, young and old alike. All in all, I think Fraser has done a very good job here. It is a very readable history and, at the same time, a great educational resource. I fully recommend it.
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