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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) (Hardback)
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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 22/10/2007
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Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then 'The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's 'Shatterproof' ruler. But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now...In this "Horrible History for Grown Ups", you can read how Anglo-Saxon liberals struggled to be positive about immigration; 'Look I think we have to try and respect the religious customs of our new Viking friends - oi, he's nicked my bloody ox!' Discover how England's peculiar class system was established by some snobby French nobles whose posh descendants still have wine cellars and second homes in the Dordogne today. And explore the complex socio-economic reasons why Britain's kings were the first in Europe to be brought to heel; (because the Stuarts were such a useless bunch of untalented, incompetent, arrogant, upper-class thickoes that Parliament didn't have much choice.) A book about then that is also incisive and illuminating about now, "2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge" is a hilarious, informative and cantankerous journey through Britain' fascinating and bizarre history. It is as entertaining as a witch burning, and a lot more laughs.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780385611985

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Hannah Lane

“Brilliantly funny and interesting”

A hysterical roller coaster ride through the history of Britain, fantastically punctuated by lots of laughs! Well worth buying.

Paperback edition
25th February 2010
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“An Utterly Impartial History of Britain”

The humour of John O'farrell always keeps me feeling that all is not lost with humanity. I like the way he sees things and his sharp pen is always ready to find the hidden gag that puts things in the right... More

Hardback edition
6th November 2007
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“An Utterly Impartial History of Britain”

This is a funny book well written and easily accessible. It covers a tremendous amount of time in an interesting and informative way. I liked it's topical references and sharp humour which if found in a... More

Hardback edition
13th April 2008
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