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The Official History of Britain by Boris Starling, David Bradbury

The Official History of Britain: Our Story in Numbers as Told by the Office For National Statistics

Boris Starling, David Bradbury

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Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 15 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780008412197

A wonderfully written and entertaining book which places Britain under the microscope and asks who we are today and how we've changed as a nation.

3 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
11 Oct 2020

"The many changes in our lives charted by more than 200 years of national data collection"

At points — enjoyable points — the book could easily serve as a quizzers’ manual. (One of the two authors, the novelist Boris Starling, reached the semi-finals of Mastermind in 1996.) Who was the first pedestrian to be killed by a car? Bridget Driscoll, in 1896, at an automobile demonstration at the Crystal Palace fair. Which is the second most common UK language after English? Polish. The authors even throw in a few quizmasters’ jokes: how do you approach a Welsh cheese? Caerphilly.