The Story of Britain

By Patrick Dillon

Illustrated by Martha Dillon, P. J. Lynch

A narrative history of Britain from 1066 to the end of the 20th century.

A magnificent account that celebrates the rich diversity of the people and culture of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. All the great events in British history are here – including the signing of Magna Carta, the Fire of London, the Gunpowder Plot, the execution of Charles I, the Battle of Waterloo, the abolition of slavery and the Blitz – as well as others that are less well known but no less important. So are kings, queens, adventurers, freedom fighters, scientists, politicians and visionaries, as well as ordinary people who found themselves doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 10+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406348606
  • Published: 05 Sep 2013
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 230 x 190 mm
  • Pages: 352

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Customer reviews


'What a delight: a book combining the very best of old-fashioned values with the highest qualities of modern writing, illustration, design and production. The text brings things up to the final years of the last century whilst the artwork is a timeless joy. The artistic lynch-pin of high quality information books for young readers is simplification without compromisng accuracy and in both the words and the pictures The Story of Britain is a prime example.' The School Librarian

'A sumptuous, comprehensive history of the British Isles and its people…Beautifully done.' The Bookseller

'A beautifully produced yet serious and authoritive, history of the British Isles…' The Bookseller

'[The story of Britain] would be a good book for schools to have because it’s interesting and older children can learn a lot from it – I know I did.' Bath Chronicle

'Readers of this book…should expect action rather than academic debate and snappy one-liners rather than rambling paragraphs.' The Telegraph

'A straightforward and vivid account, well produced, and with pleasantly traditional illustrations by PJ Lynch, and deserves a place in any child’s bookcase.' The Spectator

'This highly readable, chronological narrative is easy to dip in and out of or to power through in big gulps. Patrick Dillon highlights the important moments of “our island story” from the Battle of Hastings to the present day, with a penultimate chapter on immigration, identified as the beginning of a new era.' The Guardian

'Hundreds of tales from the past in concise, entertaining chapters on subjects including the Crusades, the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London, as well as both world wars… this book brings the past to life through the stories of the people who lived through the events. It goes out of its way to trace the different paths into the United Kingdom taken by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you are concerned about the decline of history teaching, a volume like this can give a child the basics in a highly entertaining format.' The Herald

'All children love history if it is introduced to them in an interesting way and the tone of this book is chatty and light enough to not intimidate. Events and people are introduced in short, easily accessible chunks…the differences between Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh histories are acknowledged and there are lots of timelines to help with school projects. A really useful book to dip into.' Daily Mail

'An amusing, informative, fact-packed and fun-filled book that sets out the history of our country in a simple to follow and engaging fashion...Patrick Dillon has delivered the Holy Grail.'

'A very readable introduction to an enormous subject' Booklist

'This is an excellent and approachable resource for students beginning research on major topics in British history.' Library Media Connection

'Reviewed' San Francisco Chronicle

'Featured/recommended' You Know, For Kids Blog

'A wonderfully written exploration of the history of Britain in a narrative style which will grip children's attention with its high quality writing. It gives an excellent chronological overview . . . an ideal book to use alongside school studies of history and children will thoroughly enjoy the high-quality story telling' Parents in Touch

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