A History of Modern Britain

by Andrew Marr

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The 40 Best Audio books comment: Andrew Marr is a virtuoso performer even when not in full animated telly mode. He performs rather than reads, with wit and energy and a tongue placed perpetually in cheek. His impressions of old politicos are hilarious and it is a joy to hear this wonderful eyebrow-raised take on Britain from the man himself.


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Audio Length: 7 hours and 14 min.

A History of Modern Britain Synopsis

A History of Modern Britain 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 thought they knew what they were 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.

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ISBN: 9780330511476
Publication date: 06/03/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405092074
Publication date: 18/05/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Cd-audio

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ISBN: 9781405092074
Publication date: 18th May 2007
Author: Andrew Marr
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Cd-audio

About Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC’s Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. Andrew lives in London with his family.

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