A History of Modern Britain

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Publication date: 06.04.2017
ISBN: 9781509839667
Number of pages: 704

Synopsis

A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.

Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge - first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.

In the media

Lively, full of rich anecdotes and sparkling pen portraits. He has the rare gift of being able to explain complex issues in a few crisp sentences
Sunday Telegraph
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Andrew Marr at Wimpole History Festival

Andrew Marr at Wimpole History Festival

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Andrew Marr, author of 'A History of Modern Britain' will be at Wimpole History Festival on 9th July, discussing 'The Changing Face of Modern Britain'. In the wake of Brexit, Marr will be exploring...

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The Brexit Referendum vote was the biggest revolt against 'things as they are now' since the Second World War. Andrew Marr will be discussing why and how it came about; and reflecting on what it me...

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Andrew Marr will be speaking at Isle of Wight Literary Festival on 13 October 2017, 5pm, discussing The History of Modern Britain.

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