• Stick a Flag in It

  • 1,000 Years of Bizarre History from Britain and Beyond
  • By: Arran Lomas
  • Narrated by: Arran Lomas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the Norman Invasion in 1066 to the eve of the First World War, Stick a Flag in It is a thousand-year jocular journey through the history of Britain and its global empire.

The British people have always been eccentric, occasionally ingenious and, sure, sometimes unhinged - from mad monarchs to mass-murdering lepers. Here, Arran Lomas shows us how they harnessed those traits to forge the British nation, and indeed the world, we know today. Follow history’s greatest adventurers from the swashbuckling waters of the Caribbean to the vast white wasteland of the Antarctic wilderness, like the British spy who infiltrated a top-secret Indian brothel and the priest who hid inside a wall but forgot to bring a packed lunch. At the very least you’ll discover Henry VIII’s favorite a*se-wipe, whether the flying alchemist ever made it from Scotland to France, and the connection between Victorian coffee houses and dildos.

Forget what you were taught in school - this is history like you’ve never heard it before, full of captivating historical quirks that will make you laugh out loud and scratch your head in disbelief.

©2020 Arran Lomas (P)2020 Arran Lomas

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Interesting history, hilariously recounted

This is a great look back at interesting characters and events in British history. The author's dry wit makes this particularly entertaining. It's very much in the vein of his youtube channel, Thoughty2 (which I also highly recommend).

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remarkably entertaining and true

Arran lomas, stick a flag in it is one of the best historical books I have had the opportunity to listen to. as an amateur historian myself his dry wit and humor and his ability to tell a story I find remarkable. I only wish I had a high school teacher with his enthusiasm and humor when it came to history. Arran lomas AKA
Thoughty2 on YouTube.
you really must check him out on YouTube, where he continues his dry wit of amazing stories and truths..

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Awesome book

This is a very awesome book if you familiar with the author's YouTube series then you'll enjoy this book is well

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I don't usually leave a review...

...But I had to make an exception with this one. Best thing I've listened to all year.

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Enjoyable for casual history aficionados

Loved it. A great audio book to kick back and relax to or during a walk.

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A must read for history lovers

A lighthearted account British history. If you like the author’s YouTube channel you will also appreciate this book. The book is Filled with interesting tidbits of UK history.

If I had one criticism it would be his snarky comments toward religion - although, to be fair, the author’s portrayal of David Livingston was even handed.

I hope he releases another book soon 😊

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I wish this book would be used to teach history

This book connected every bit of random English history that I knew into one continous line.

Would gladly recommend to anyone, even to the ones that think that they don't like history.

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.... A must listen to

This book is Very informative and interesting, kept my attention every step of the way...

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just as expected it is good. cant wait to see it done with visuals. a thoughty2 mini series

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A must listen for nerdy history lovers!

History has never been funnier! This book takes you on a hilarious tour of British and world history covering well-known to not-so-well-known topics. The author (who is also the narrator) leads you on a ridiculous journey of history’s successes and failures. The worst part of this book was that it had to end.

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  • Holly T
  • 10-12-20

Sticking a proud British flag in it

Even though I'd already read the hardback, I couldn't resist the urge to have Thoughty2 read it to me all over again. This book is such a refreshing breath of fresh air in the current climate. Not only does this book make me proud to be British, it gives me hard facts about why it's okay to be proud, whilst making me laugh along the way. I now have a firm understanding of British history and enjoyed every second of it. If only they taught history like this at school. Thank you Thoughty2

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  • Jamie
  • 10-12-20

Brilliant

Excellent, funny, but full of facts Ice learned, this man should be a history teacher

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-20

a history class of great Britains, without filters

been a longtime fan of Arran's (thoughty2) content. this book is a fun history class with no filters on all the grotesk and stupid things the great brittains have been through. never thought history was this interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-21

Amazing

Highly recommend this book. Is very well written, easy to learn about history. Lots of comedy and easy to listen to. I also recommend you look at Thourghty2 on YouTube.

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  • Angrenades
  • 01-05-21

Thoughty 2 is great

brilliant take on history which makes you want another book to listen to. I wish my history teacher had made their lessons like this, it would have been so much better. will await a second book

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  • Stephanie Gray
  • 12-21-20

Funny and so so interesting!

Absolutely loved it. Loved the voice, loved the jokes and the facts are so fascinating. I've lived in England for so long and never knew half of this stuff (aside from the monarchy--always knew they were dodge af).

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  • Craig S.
  • 11-30-20

Great book

I have got to say the way Arran has wrote and narrated this book is really good
I had to keep coming back to it as soon as I could chapter after chapter with historic events bought to life in a way some writers and narrators fail too do.
A telling of some history in a new way totally bought this to life.
Keep them coming Arran

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  • Justin Rickard
  • 11-27-20

Very funny, unusual and educational

Very funny, unusual and educational . I have learned so much about British history that I otherwise would be unaware of.
Thanks Thoughty2!

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  • Luke Cromey
  • 11-24-20

Incredible

Never, in my short life, have I appreciated the Great British Isle in such a way before. This book is very proudly and respectfully put together and articulated. The final inspiring story even made me proud to be an Irishman, despite the book veering toward British history. Very inclusive, and I've never seen the British in such a way before.

Well done, and thank you.

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  • Ian
  • 11-23-20

British history with a sense of humour

First of all, Arran's humour is on point. Particularly, the chapter titles were brilliant.

While not a complete history of Britain, the time periods he goes through are interesting, have some fun facts with some jokes and the fact that this is split into two parts was not that bad as both had an equal amount of chapters.

I was not able to get a physical copy of the book so I am glad I have an audiobook adaptation. (I don't know if this is abridged as a result though I enjoyed this anyway so no big deal.)

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  • Brandon
  • 10-15-20

If only history was taught like this.

The history of England has never been on my list of top 500 things I wanted to learn before I die. It was probably closer to wanting to learn about the history of the lavatory. But I've watched Arron on YouTube for several years now and thought if anyone can make this interesting, he can. I'm now 5hrs in with roughly 8 hrs to go. Every moment of listening to Arron educate me on England's history is informative, interesting, and entertaining. His almost dry British humour has, many times so far, left me literally laughing out loud in my car as I travel between jobs across the NSW countryside of Australia. How I wish my high school history teacher could have expressed themselves in such a way. I surely would not have felt like a potato waiting to take root in the garden of knowledge. I sincerely hope he writes another book some day. But this one may be very hard to top.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-20

A true journey through time.

It's hard to comprehend the true scope and scale of influence the British Empire has actually had on the world at large even to this day, but this book helps brings all that into focus in such a way that you will be wishing there was more just so your journey through time with Arran was longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-21

Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this book, Aaran! You really bring the history alive in your fantastic narration! Please write another book!