Here is the best-selling and controversial history of the British Isles, including Ireland, from the author of Europe: A History. Emphasizing long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic.More
"A historiographical milestone." (
"If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is The Isles: A History...a masterwork." ( The Times)
"A book which really will change the way we think about our past...marvellously rich and stimulating." ( Evening Standard)
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Very interesting listen, poor performance
I would listen again, there is a lot of information in there so I'm sure there are parts I missed, and I found it really useful to put the history I already knew into perspective.
This is a history book, it is well written but there is little to no narrative aside from the chronology of it.
The narrator was unable to pronounce Irish words, he had obviously been given some grounding in Welsh which was good but his pronunciation of Irish words was so bad that I had trouble following who he was talking about and only pieced it together from my own memory of Irish history. And I'm not talking about Irish language words, I'm talking about people and place names, any Irish person could have told him how to pronounce the words, and it would, I think have been a quite basic thing to check.
Good, but inconsistent.
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