An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain
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An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain : or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always

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Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?' An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945; leaving the Twenty-First Century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552775460
  • 9780552775465
  • 98,831

About John O'Farrell

John O'Farrell studied history at Desborough Comprehensive, where he got a B in his O level. He later continued his research by watching lots of programmes about the Nazis on the UK History Channel. Apart from that he has published three novels, a memoir and three collections of his popular Guardian column. A former comedy scriptwriter for such shows as Spitting Image and Smith and Jones, he is the founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuit and can occasionally be spotted on such TV programmes as Grumpy Old Men, Newsnight Review and Have I Got News For You.show more

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Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years (which won 'Best Comedy History Book' at the 1815 Congress of Vienna) John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?' All the major post-war landmarks are faithfully recorded. The sombre day in 1967 when Harold Wilson went on the television to announce that Britain was converting to flared trousers. The tragic split of seventies rock superstars The Wombles after Great Uncle Bulgaria overdosed on amphetamines and bourbon. And the mild scandal of the 1981 Royal Wedding when Lady Diana's marriage vows omitted the word 'obey'; declaring instead that she would 'Love, honour and then utterly humiliate the Royal Family with a string of embarrassing revelations after shagging James Hewitt.' AN UTTERLY EXASPERATED HISTORY OF MODERN BRITAIN informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945; leaving the twenty-first century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.show more

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