A History of Modern Britain

3.97 based on 1173 ratings & 59 reviews on Goodreads.com

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


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
Superb, colourful, outspoken, fresh and richly entertaining. Don't miss
The Times

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Andrew Marr at Chalke Valley History Festival

Andrew Marr at Chalke Valley History Festival

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