British Greats

British Greats

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What are the 80 things we are most proud of; what defines Britishness? This book nominates 80 British greats ' ideas, inventions, accomplishments, monuments, artistic and cultural movements and figures ' from the beginning of our history to the present day. The controversial and eclectic mix of subjects will evoke our nations heritage and unique character, celebrating Britain at its very best. A wealth of high-profile contributors and specialists have contributed essays on a wide array of subjects ' such as Joseph Connolly on James Bond, Robert Hardy on the longbows of Agincourt, Andrew Roberts on the speeches of Winston Churchill, Alexander Walker on the Ealing comedies, Will Hutton on Keynesian economics, Ian Rankin on Punk, Len Deighton on the Battle of Britain, Richard Dawkins on The Origin of Species, Michael Palin on the Saturday afternoon football results and Rick Stein on fish and chips. All the essays are complemented by a diverse selection of pictures ' paintings, photos, manuscripts, cartoons ' making this a must have for anyone interested in British history and culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 80
  • 0753813432
  • 9780753813430

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Britain is not all lager louts and football thugs. It is also the home of James Bond and The Canterbury Tales, Robin Hood and Shakespeare, The Bobby and the corner shop, the black cab and the London Underground, not to mention the Proms and the rain... the list of things quintessentially British and loved by residents and visitors alike is endless. This charming book offers insights into 80 of the things that make up our image of Britain: there's Rick Stein on fish and chips, Ian Rankin on punk, Len Deighton on the Battle of Britain, Terry Jones on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and many, many more. Too good at doing ourselves down, here at last is a book that celebrates what's best about Britain and the British, with humour, insight, fine writing and a host of drawings, photographs, cartoons and other images. A great concept, brilliantly executed, and perfect gift material. (Kirkus UK)show more