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The Rest is History

"Based on the brilliant podcast, these entertaining nuggets of history cover centuries of curious topics, from the most disastrous parties in history, to the remarkable history of the Canadian beaver."

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Setting out to answer history’s most curious questions, The Rest is History by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook is every bit as entertaining, engaging and erudite as the super-successful podcast it’s based on. 

As Dom explains in his intro, “This isn’t, I suppose, your typical history book. In the pages that follow, you’ll read about a British political leader who plotted to feed his lover to alligators, a Prussian general who died in mid-pirouette in a ballerina’s tutu, a Brazilian emperor whose subjects mistook him for a banana and a French president whose amorous exploits earned him the nickname ‘Mr Three Minutes, shower included”. Such is the splendid diversity of subjects tackled with verve in the 400+ pages of this un-put-down-able book.

From asking readers, “Can You Solve the Greatest Murder Mystery in English History?”, to sharing “How to Make an Eighteenth-Century British Rosbif”, with intermittent top ten rundowns ranging from the “Top 10 Most Disastrous Parties in History” to the “Top 10 Dogs in History”, this is brilliantly witty, and lucid with it.

In fact, rarely has history been so inventively addressed in bite-sized chunks that’ll have you coming back to chomp more. A great gift for history buffs and perfect for dipping into, The Rest is History also has the power to stop you in your tracks to share newfound nuggets of wisdom with your nearest and dearest. In short, this is history, but not as you know it!

Joanne Owen

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