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A Short History of England | [Simon Jenkins]

A Short History of England

Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.
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Publisher's Summary

Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge?

In A Short History of England, best-selling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant events, themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.

©2011, 2012 Simon Jenkins (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    1/4/14
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    "Pleasant and easy read"

    Whether you know English history or not, this is a fair and pleasant read. Its a very conventional treatment of our history following the usual royal epochs and monarchical themes. But Simon Jenkins is an excellent writer with a flair for amusing and telling detail. So this book does add something new. And if you like the authors spoken voice you will enjoy this book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Myles
    Jounieh, Lebanon
    11/13/13
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    "A mixed bag of interest and disappointment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a wide sweep and offers a good introduction to a vast subject.It is especially useful for a non-Brit, with an interest in history, but with limited access to the panoply of the ages.


    What three words best describe Simon Jenkins’s performance?

    Captivating, erudite, engaging


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I smiled though.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately it tends to be a Kings and Queens account, when I really would have liked more on society and the social fabric that constitutes the entities that are today Great Britain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "A little dry..."

    The introduction and epilogue were particularly insightful with some very interesting commentary. However, the main bulk of the book, although well written, was in my opinion a little dry. It felt very much at times like a 'history book'. Whilst the narration was good, the book may have benefited from being read a little slower, with more expression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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