Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2,000 years (which won Best Comedy History Book at the 1815 Congress of Vienna), John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?'
All the major post-war landmarks are faithfully recorded. The sombre day in 1967 when Harold Wilson went on the television to announce that Britain was converting to flared trousers. The tragic split of Seventies rock superstars The Wombles after Great Uncle Bulgaria overdosed on amphetamines and bourbon. And the mild scandal of the 1981 Royal Wedding when Lady Diana's marriage vows omitted the word 'obey', declaring instead that she would 'love, honour and then utterly humiliate the Royal Family with a string of embarrassing revelations after shagging James Hewitt'.
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain (or 60 Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always) informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945, leaving the twenty-first-century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.
"An engrossing and agonising read. And fortunately, a funny one too....The best historical harbingers are also comedians" (Independent on Sunday)
"An enlightening run through the last 60 years of British history" (Woman & Home)
"This very readable account of how 21st-Century Britain was made is a roller-coaster of a ride through fashion and fascism, terrorism and television, soccer and sex." (Good Book Guide)
"All history is subjective, while O'Farrell's take is comically so...Will bring a smile to grumpy old men everywhere." (Daily Mirror)
Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then ‘The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's ‘Shatterproof' ruler.But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now…
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