Common People

  • by Alison Light
  • Narrated by Caroline Laskowska
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Common People: The History of an English Family by Alison Light, read by Caroline Laskowska.
Family history is a massive phenomenon of our times, but what are we after when we go in search of our ancestors?
Beginning with her grandparents, Alison Light moves between the present and the past in an extraordinary series of journeys over two centuries, across Britain and beyond.
Epic in scope and deep in feeling, Common People is a family history but also a new kind of public history, following the lives of the migrants who travelled the country looking for work.
Original and eloquent, it is a timely rethinking of who the English were - but ultimately it reflects on history itself and on our constant need to know who went before us and what we owe them.


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Customer Reviews

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A really interesting listen but quite hard to follow without a visual family tree to refer back to!
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- Phoebe

mixed feelings about this book

Some parts I loved other parts failed to hold my attention. I ended up not understanding the tenuous link between the family tree and the vast deviation in material.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-05-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd