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An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain: or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always

John O'Farrell

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Published by Doubleday, part of Transworld Publishers

Format: Hardback


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EAN: 9780385616225
Published: 22 Oct 2009


About the book


Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?'

An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945; leaving the Twenty-First Century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.

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What the critics say

An engrossing and agonising read. And fortunately, a funny one too....The best historical harbingers are also comedians
- Independent on Sunday

An enlightening run through the last 60 years of British history
- Woman & Home

This very readable account of how 21st-Century Britain was made is a roller-coaster of a ride through fashion and fascism, terrorism and television, soccer and sex.
- Good Book Guide

All history is subjective, while O'Farrell's take is comically so...Will bring a smile to grumpy old men everywhere.
- Daily Mirror

About the Author

John O'Farrell studied history at Desborough Comprehensive, where he got a B in his O level. He later continued his research by watching lots of programmes about the Nazis on the UK History Channel. Apart from that he has published three novels, a memoir and three collections of his popular Guardian column. A former comedy scriptwriter for such shows as Spitting Image and Smith and Jones, he is the founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuit and can occasionally be spotted on such TV programmes as Grumpy Old Men, Newsnight Review and Have I Got News For You.

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