The definitive concise account of our remarkable past
From the invaders of the dark ages to today's 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. 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.
Published in association with the National Trust, and beautifully illustrated, this magisterial history will be the standard work for years to come.
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is also chairman of the National Trust.
'A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government', The Times
'Full of stand-out facts ... Absolutely fascinating ... I've learnt an awful lot', Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2
'Let Jenkins sweep you through England's history, painting a vivid picture of this country's green and pleasant land', City AM
'Where Jenkins excels is in his very journalistic approach ... The historical events are joined up, and work as narrative', Time Out
'Immediately accessible', Prospect
'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
'Entertaining', Sunday Times
'Full of good writing and lively anecdotes ... worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought', New Statesman
'A characteristically bold, wry, fluent, combative gallop through English history', Max Hastings