Hope and Glory: The Days that Made Britain

by Stuart Maconie | History |
ISBN: 0091926483 Global Overview for this book
Registered by stephjb of Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on 3/7/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by stephjb from Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, March 07, 2014
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Journal Entry 2 by stephjb at Mojácar, Almería Spain on Friday, March 14, 2014
A very different history book to my recently read Elizabeth by David Starkey, Hope & Glory reads more like an informative chat than a serious lesson although I'm yet to see if this approach is more successful in making information stick in my brain. Maconie has chosen 10 significant days in 20th century Britain as jumping off points to discuss a wide range of topics that influenced our popular culture. Politicians and Royals get a look in but he concentrates more on the input of ordinary citizens from Suffragettes to Live Aid viewers. I like the humour in this book, particularly Maconie's scathing remarks on contemporary chav and celebrity Britain, and I discovered common ground in our shared loves of walking and toasted teacakes. However, for once as I usually ignore them, an index would have been helpful. Several mentioned places inspired me to visit them, but I now have to read through again with notepad in hand to find out the wheres and whys.

Journal Entry 3 by stephjb at Camping Altomira de Navajas in Navajas, Castelló/Castellón Spain on Friday, March 21, 2014

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