Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Face of Britain by Simon Schama, read by Simon Schama and Roy McMillian. Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death. Simon Schama has written a tour de force about British portraits over the centuries.
With powerfully vivid storytelling, often in the voices of the slaves themselves and the white abolitionists who became their emancipators and protectors, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.
In the first interview in the new monthly audio interview series presented by The Telegraph, Matthew Stadlen talks to British historian Simon Schama about his heritage, religious beliefs and views on Israeli policy. Schama also reflects on his childhood, his desires to become a historian and storyteller, and the importance of visual art in his field. Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 13 February 1945) is a British historian specialising in art history and French history.
"fine and well balanced documentary"