Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History

Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History Justin Pollard
  • Title: Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History
  • Author: Justin Pollard
  • ISBN: 9781848541986
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History Justin Pollard Secret Britain The Hidden Bits of Our History Here are some little known stories from British history There s the story of why the city of Burlington isn t on the map how Virginia Woolf sweet talked her way aboard HMS Dreadnoought dressed as an A
    Here are some little known stories from British history There s the story of why the city of Burlington isn t on the map how Virginia Woolf sweet talked her way aboard HMS Dreadnoought dressed as an Abyssinian prince the agent who won an MBE and an Iron Cross London s only Nazi war memorial and many .
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    About Justin Pollard


    1. Justin Pollard was born in Hertfordshire and educated at St Albans School and Downing College, Cambridge where he was president of the Poohsticks Society Since then he has written nine books, a few articles for magazines like History Today, BBC History Magazine and the Idler and he is currently one of the writers of the BBC panel show QI.He is one of the founders of Unbound unbound a new crowd funding site putting authors directly in touch with their readers.He also runs a company called Visual Artefact which provides scripting and historical advice for feature films His credits include Shekhar Kapur s Elizabeth , Joe Wright s Atonement , Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean 4.In television drama he is the historical consultant for the BBC TV Showtime series The Tudors which gets him into a lot of trouble with other historians.He is also the co founder of crowd funding book website unbound.He lives in Dorset where he grows vegetables and wonders where all the sheep have gone.


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    1. History is written by the winners, but for every war or battle that is won, and for every monarch that makes it to the top of the pile, there are hundreds of alternative snippets of history that never see the light of day.Pollard in this book aims to set some of the record straight in this book He has uncovered many little stories, tales and anecdotes that fill in the gaps in the broad sweep and big picture views of most history books He has called them secret, but they are unknown, and cover a [...]

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    2. Fascinating A bit random, but great fun.

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    3. How to resist another silly facts book some would call this ideal lavatory literature I absolutely love this kind of easy reading and in fact you can see me completely absorbed in this book,fascinated and giggling deep in the night It could be that I love these silly curiosity books because of my past as a journalist so it comes naturally that I like to save these informations in my brain or perhaps as Virgo I like to know about other people s embarrassments,who knows however,it turns out to be [...]

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    4. Not to dwell on it, but this book definitely falls into the lavatory reading sub genre the one I am sure many partake of but few would admit too which may make it hard to lend out after the recommendation But this is essentially what it does best, small entertaining snippets of history divided into various sub categories that give you an insight into what makes the past so fascinating Outside of the bathroom it is also probably a good one to give to younger readers who you wish to engage in hist [...]

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    5. It was a fun read, but it became a bit wearying towards the end I know that this book is probably best read by dipping in and out, but I decided to read it through which probably wasn t the best idea I kind of just wanted it to end towards the latter half Plus a few of the latter stories stretched the notion of secret o And I wasn t too keen on the organization of the stories I thought that within each chapter, they could ve at least been listed chronologically, but no such luck Sometimes I d ha [...]

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    6. Invariably intended as a dipper rather than a read through, I found getting through Secret Britain a bit wearisome I kept seeing how many stories lay ahead before the next chapter, how many pages before the end were blank tween chapter markers, and reassuring myself that page 300 was quite a short read A number of interesting tales, some somewhat, others not so much Definitely a dipper and one where you shouldn t feel the need to read every anecdote if it s course seems unlikely to entertain.And [...]

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    7. I m a real history buff, and there s nothing I love than random historical facts, so this book was right up my alley It s very fun to read definitely one to recommend to all those people who think history is just boring facts and deceptively educational I think you could learn a lot from this book without even realising it It also makes you think about how much a lot of history books leave out by focusing on the big picture, or the major players like kings and queens.And if nothing else, this b [...]

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    8. Really enjoyed this collection of short historical true stories, from one of the writers behind QI There s loads of really interesting, funny and plain strange stories from historical Britain It s a perfect book for dipping in and out of, because all the stories are no than a few pages long.I m really looking forward to reading from Pollard in the future

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    9. I enjoyed this book, but then I am a sucker for this type of book I still manage to find some stories I did not know.

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    10. There were some really interesting stories in this book, but it is definitely a bathroom reader Not a gripping page turner by any means, but not bad either.

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    11. An ok sort of book but nothing outstanding.

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