The Making of Modern Britain

  • by Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by Andrew Marr
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr paints a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century as the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire. Between the death of Queen Victoria and the end of the Second World War, the nation was shaken by war and peace. The two wars were the worst we had ever known and the episodes of peace among the most turbulent and surprising. As the political forum moved from Edwardian smoking rooms to an increasingly democratic Westminster, the people of Britain experimented with extreme ideas as they struggled to answer the question 'How should we live?' Socialism? Fascism? Feminism? Meanwhile, the Suffragette movement was taking shape as the popularity of the music hall soared. It was also a time that witnessed the birth of the media as we know it today and the beginnings of the welfare state. Beyond trenches, flappers and Spitfires, this is a story of strange cults and economic madness, of revolutionaries and heroic inventors, sexual experiments and raucous stage heroines. From organic food to drugs, nightclubs and celebrities to package holidays, crooked bankers to sleazy politicians, the echoes of today's Britain can be heard throughout.

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What the Critics Say

"With insight and flair, Andrew Marr offers an accessible overview of momentous times. Frequently revealing and surprising, his presentation makes this a pleasure to listen to." (Choice)

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History Retold

The Making of Modern Britain is one of the few titles I?ve listened to that I think genuinely benefits from the author narrating. Andrew Marr really does assert his own personality and passion for this period of history. The content itself is illuminating and gives a perspective on the times and personalities that shaped the period that often defies accepted beliefs. There is a good mix of military and social history which sheds light on the life of the average man on the street. Marr highlights both the failings and strengths of the characters and policies that influenced the events of the period. More importantly he clearly and cleverly relates them back to our contemporary society and the foundations laid for our world. Some of these things, such as the troubles in the Middle East, are unsettling and frustrating, whilst others are to be admired and applauded. It moves at a lively pace and is a very enjoyable and informative listen, certainly one of the best non fiction titles I?ve listened to this year.
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- Wil

Magnificent recollection of our recent past

Love this book. I learned more from the audio book than I think I did from both school history lessons and from reading printed copy, could be repetition, but I think more likely that I loved the way Andrew Marr brings the book to life. More details in places whilst would have brought depth, however, it's a good starting point to spark further reading around specific areas. A good book worth, definitely gets my recommendation.
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- D. Gillespie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2009
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.