First published in 1996, this comprehensive guide to the history of Britain and its peoples will be indispensable reading for the general enthusiast, as well as students. It is packed full of fascinating detail on everything from Hadrian’s Wall to the Black Death to Tony Blair. The book was assembled over more than thirty years and has seen updates in three editions.
"He has done for historical encyclopaedias what Samuel Johnson did for dictionaries."
Andrew Roberts, The Daily Telegraph
"An astonishing synthesis of information."
Roger Scruton, The Times
"An astonishing achievement, a compelling book for dipping into, a splendid work."
Simon Hoggart, The Guardian
"This marvellous book, which contains tens of thousands of historical facts will enlighten, amuse, and inform. Every home should have one."
Simon Heffer, The Daily Mail
"If you were marooned on that mythical desert island with only one history book, this would be the one to take. Buy three copies – one for the children, one for the grandchildren- and one for yourself."
John Charmley, The Daily Telegraph