A Short History of England
There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals. From the invaders of the dark ages to the aftermath of the coalition, one of Britain's most respected journalists, Simon Jenkins, weaves together a strong narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in a book that characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative .
A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government (The Times).
This is traditional, kings-and-things, great-men history with all its dates and famous quotations in place ... it's jolly good ... Jenkins has a newspaper columnist's aphoristic verve ... judgements are crisp (Spectator).
Full of good writing and lively anecdotes ... worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought (New Statesman).