Unexpected Britain: A Journey Through Our Hidden History

Unexpected Britain: A Journey Through Our Hidden History


By (author) Stuart Laycock, By (author) Philip Laycock


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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 235mm x 27mm | 533g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2015
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 144563273X
  • ISBN 13: 9781445632735
  • Illustrations note: 47

Product description

Many Britons like to think they have a basic understanding of Britain's amazing history. The Roman invasion, Alfred and the Danes, 1066, Magna Carta, Bannockburn, Agincourt, Wars of the Roses, Henry and his wives, the Reformation, etc., etc. The trouble is that concentrating on just a few over-familiar landmarks like these can give a distorted picture of the land we live in. What would our history look like if, instead of looking at all the bits everybody knows, we started telling it through some of the bits not everybody knows? We set off to find out. The result is Unexpected Britain, tracing the story of Britain from a time before Rome to a time within the lives of people still living, but going beyond the well-known to explore a world of different angles and fascinating little-known facts that bring fresh life to the story of what Britain has been and what Britain is.

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Author information

Stuart Laycock has a degree in Classics from Cambridge University. He has worked in advertising and marketing and TV, and also did aid work in Bosnia during the war there. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Britannia the Failed State (nominated for Current Archaeology Book of the Year) and UnRoman Britain (described in the Sunday Times as 'thrillingly provocative.') His most recent book is All the Countries We've Ever Invaded, a big success in the British market with plenty of coverage in national press and sales of more than 17,200 copies (figure does not include sales of the e-book version) between September 2012 and mid-April 2013. Philip Laycock has a degree in History from St Andrews University, where he was also Captain of the Shinty team. He has been a history teacher in Essex for more almost thirty years, and is currently Head of Humanities at a school in Colchester. He is also an experienced climber whose achievements include climbing the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.