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AdvantagesGood overview of wide period of time, engaging author

DisadvantagesWould have liked some theories to have been more evidence based

...I bought Neil Oliver's History of Ancient Britain when it was part of a buy one get one half price offer in WH Smith. It was a bit of a whim really, beause while I like history, I don't know much about the earlier periods. The book is based on a BBC T.V series presented by the author, which I haven't watched so I was buying the book "blind" if you like. I don't regret buying it but I also found...

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Excellent

AdvantagesVery funny, very well written and a thoroughly enjoyable read

DisadvantagesNone - although if you don't share O'Farrell's sense of humour you might disagree

...for Spitting Image, a column in The Guardian and his own website, News Biscuit. One thing that is constant throughout his writing is his wit - he is incredibly funny and unlike so many writers with fairly trenchant political ideas, he is quite capable of mocking not just the opposition, but everyone - including himself. An Utterly Impartial History of Britain The subtitle to this book is Or 2...

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Super

AdvantagesFunny and fairly complete history

DisadvantagesHumour is a bit one paced

...An Utterly Impartial History of Britain Learning things is fun. Well, that?s what I tell my daughter now that she?s started school anyway. But it is true, increasing the sum of your knowledge is enriching and empowering and for this reason I like to mix up some educational non fiction on my daily commute amongst the normal run of pot boilers and pulp fiction. Now, as much as I like to learn...

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