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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Maconie Narrator: Stuart Maconie Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events of the century we have just left behind that have shaped the look and character of modern Britain. From the death of Victoria to the demise of New Labour, he takes a single event from each decade of the 20th century that offers up a defining moment in our history and then goes in search of its legacy today. The death of a queen, a bloody war, a nation on strike, a first broadcast, a ship coming into land, reaching for the top of the world, an epic football match, a youth rebellion, a pop concert and an election - each event in turn has shaped our national culture and spirit to make us who we are. Some were glorious days, some tragic, even shameful, but each has played its part - from sport to music, politics to war, industrial relations to exploration - in making modern Britain. 1901 - the death of Victoria and the rise of British women; 1916 - the First World War in the national psyche; 1926 - the General Strike and industrial conflict; 1936 - how the British invented television; 1948 - the docking of the Empire Windrush and multi-cultural Britain; 1953 - Edmund Hillary's ascent of Everest and the tradition of British adventure; 1966 - how we won the World Cup and our continued obsession with the game we gave the world; 1977 - Royalists and Rebels, the Queen's Silver Jubilee and the rise of punk; 1985 - how Live Aid gave birth to celebrity culture; 1997 - the rise and fall of Blair's spin revolution.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/17/2013

    " Three point five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/21/2013

    " Again liked this book - enjoyed the idea taking 10 significant dates and places. Humour and anedotes interesting and lots of "small" unknown stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ros | 8/6/2013

    " Quirky look at the british character through picking a key event from the last 10 decades. Nicely stiched together and brysonesque in its anthropology and the bit about Accrington Stanley made me laugh out loud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ipswichblade | 11/25/2012

    " Stuart Maconie once again deliver a funny and sometimes very touching book around visits to places in the UK that have connections to events from British history. I just can never fault his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Underwood | 6/28/2012

    " Stuart Maconie is, for me, our best travel writer. And this is, in my humble opinion, his finest work. Every place was vividly coloured with some great and not always well known history. It made me want to get into my car and go to all of the places to soak up the atmosphere ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 5/24/2012

    " the lastest maconie book doesn't fail to deliver with his normal humour as he looks back at the events of the 20th century britain and its well worth the read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Palmyrah | 5/19/2012

    " I gave Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North five stars. It was brilliant. This one is a bit too bolshy and class-warriorish for my liking. Also, it's sloppily written and/or edited, giving the impression of having been completed in a hurry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Green | 5/1/2012

    " I especially like this book as my copy says 'To Ali, happy birthday, Stuart Maconie' inside the front cover. I went to his show of the book and went all fan girl afterwards. As you would. And it really was my birthday. I'm sure that won't make you read it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/27/2012

    " Excellent and insightful book about significant places and events in British History. Written with the usual Maconie humour as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 3/4/2012

    " I like his radio work and I liked his other books but this one grated on me. If I want history I don't really want it this thin from a DJ - albeit a good DJ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 3/2/2012

    " Although written with a political bias it's hard not to be charmed and moved by the narrative he weaves. He puts people, in all their wonderful and dangerous glory, front and centre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 2/16/2012

    " I think this is his best book so far a bit rambling but fantastic holiday read x "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AP Kybett | 8/3/2011

    " Superb. But the printer's u c and k are faulty. "

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