When this book begins, in the reign of Edward VII, Great Britain commands the mightiest empire the world has ever seen. By the time it ends, with the Coronation of Elizabeth II, Britain has emerged victorious from a world war, but ruined as a world power. How did Britain's power and influence decline? This is one of the questions which A. N. Wilson seeks to answer in his masterly follow-up to The Victorians.
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No review can do justice to the richness, liveliness and sheer fun of this book. Wilson has written one of the books of the year - Guardian
Argumentative, thought-provoking and very well-written - Daily Telegraph
He shows that the issues which dominate our headlines - immigration, Iraq, religious tolerance - have their roots in decisions made, or not made, as long ago as the Twenties ... A compelling read - Mail on Sunday
The practised columnist's ability to provoke new thoughts with an original and opinionated argument is evident on nearly every page... Coherent and absorbing - The Times
A page-turner, lambent with fascination... One of the best things about the book is the use Wilson makes of the period's reflection in its fecund literature. And, indeed, his masterly piece of history is a work of literature too - Financial Times
Exceptionally well-written... Vigorous, lively and winningly eccentric - Spectator
Readers who enjoyed the last volume will not be disappointed. After the Victorians has exactly the same compelling blend of political gossip, literary sketches and deft character portraits... The sheer quality of his cracking prose... There is something simply irresistible about After The Victorians - Daily Telegraph
A.N. Wilson is a literary virtuoso... Each chapter could be a synopsis for a fascinating volume in its own right - Daily Express
Has all the hallmarks ofanother masterpiece... The range of Wilson's knowledge is breathtaking - Literary Review
The best single-volume work on the Victorian age yet written -
Written with verve and wit, this book is utterly compelling - erudite, intelligent and wise. Essential reading - Spectator
A provocative and spectacularly enjoyable history of the first half of the century - Sunday Telegraph
A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his fiction. He lives in North London.