A compendium of information about Britain. This book covers British men and women in all fields of human activity; UK history; towns and places in the UK, including tourist attractions; science and technology successes; Britain's cultural heritage: writers, visual arts, architecture, music, TV, film, sport and more; and 200 quotes on Britain and the British way of life.
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"Recommended for public and academic libraries."
-- "Library Journal "(10/01/99)
UK Kirkus review
The art of producing an encyclopedia is knowing what to leave out; comprehensive coverage is not the same as blanket coverage. The problem with this encyclopedia is that it tries to include everything. Every known dictionary and chronology has been comprehensively dredged and mined for information but the result is curiously unsatisfactory. Towns like Oxford and Cambridge quite properly get a mention but do we really need to know about Worksop or Basingstoke? Too often, also, biographical entries are mere recitations of facts and tell us little about why the people are important. Amazingly, there are actually omissions: James Hunt the racing driver is included but not Lord Hunt the Everest mountaineer; and The Who is there but not Who's Who. And why is it that 'Kells, the Book of...' gets a mere three lines while 'Keegan, Kevin...' gets eight? A let-down perhaps but, even so, a heroic failure; without doubt there is a great deal of information packed into these 1016 pages. (Kirkus UK)
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