The English and their History (Paperback)
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'Masterful, an enormously readable narrative of the English people from the Anglo-Saxons to the present' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

'As ambitious as it is successful . . . Packed with telling detail and told with gentle, sardonic wit, a vast and delightful book' Ben MacIntyre, The Times, Books of the Year

'A stupendous achievement ... a story of a people we can't fail to recognize: stoical, brave, drunken, bloody-minded, violent, undeferential, yet paradoxically law-abiding ... I found myself gripped' Daniel Hannan, Spectator

'Original and enormously readable, this brilliant, hugely engaging work has a sly wit and insouciance that are of themselves rather English' Sinclair MacKay, Daily Telegraph

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141031651
Number of pages: 1024
Weight: 739 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A work of supreme intelligence ... No history published this year has been of such resounding importance to contemporary debates. Tombs, who is both fearless and non-partisan, deserves to be rewarded with a life peerage for this book -- Richard Davenport-Hines * Observer *
Learned, pithy and punchy, with a laudable sense of narrative sweep and a bracing willingness to offer bold judgments, [Tombs's] survey is a tremendous achievement, and deserves to become the standard history for years to come -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *
Packed with telling detail and told with gentle, sardonic wit ... [a] vast and delightful book -- Ben Macintyre * The Times *

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“England unmade”

I very much enjoyed reading this book and certainly recommend it BUT a crucial piece of the story was missed out at the end and that is the likely impact of mass immigration - in a couple of generations the English... More

Paperback edition
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“Very good”

Exactly what you'd hope it would be.

Hardback edition
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“Informative, elegant and connective”

This is an excellent book, beautifully written, informative and conveys a real sense of the English as a people (if that can be achieved).

As a non-Englishman who has lived in England for 30 years, in numerous... More

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