A History of Modern Britain

  • by Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by David Timson
  • 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification.
In each decade political leaders think they know what they are doing but find themselves confounded. Every time the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.
Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge - first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world.
This history follows all the political and economic stories but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, '60s anarchists, oil men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.


What the Critics Say

"Superb, colourful, outspoken, fresh and richly entertaining. Don't miss." (The Times)
"Lively, full of rich anecdotes and sparkling pen portraits. He has the rare gift of being able to explain complex issues in a few crisp sentences." (Sunday Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

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fantastic listen

this was a very entertaining interesting and educational listen. great insight into the recent past..well read excellent
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- bex

Engrossing account of Modern Britain.

This is the story of my life. After listening I understand much more what was going on. Familiar names and events are put into perspective; surprising revelations abound. Humorous and deadly serious. Humane and balanced in its judgements. Andrew Marr has synthesised a very involving text from a mountain of sources. David Timson is the perfect reader. combining gravitas and bounce. Marr's typical tone.
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- Steven Emsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio