Perilous Question

  • by Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by Mike Grady
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perilous Question features an eventful, violent often overlooked period of British history. On 7th June 1832, William IV reluctantly assented to pass the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and of revolution throughout the country. This led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings dramatically to life.


What the Critics Say

"A writer whose command of sources, eye for detail, perception of character and shrewd judgment enable her to bring the past truthfully to life" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail" (Guardian)
"Fraser brings to life the female stars circling the Sun King in an account that successfully combines erudition with gossipy stories of the kind the Versailles courtiers loved so much." (Sunday Times)


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If you're interested in British political history I think you'll enjoy this book as it focuses in great detail on the turbulent first few years of William IVth short reign as reformers tried to get rid of the rotten Burghs and enable large cities, such as Manchester, to have representation in Parliament and also to extend the voting rights beyond a few property owners. Lord Grey had pressed for reform for about 40 years and finally succeeded with the Reform Bill of 1832. I had underestimated how this modest reform was so vehemently opposed by many in the Tory party and their aristocratic supporters. I was also surprised by how England teetered on the brink of insurrection as ordinary people denied the vote pressed violently for the right to vote. The narrative is very detailed with many names of politicians many of whom have faded from history which led to my mind wandering a bit a times nevertheless I was glad to learn more about this important turning point in the political climate of this country.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-05-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks