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Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall

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“Our Island Story”

Hardback list price £14.99   ISBN: 1902984749

"Our Island Story is ... cutting edge. With its brave mix of truth and myth, it is impeccably postmodern."
     - The Economist, 20 August 2005

"Our Island Story, first published in 1905, must rank as one of the most influential works of history of the 20th century."
     - Times Ed. Supplement, 7 July 2005

"I used to read it to my son Henry who now, aged eight, reads it himself for pleasure, and he gets precisely the same thrill from history as I did a third of a century ago."
- Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times, 3 July 2005

"The delight of Our Island Story lies in its emphasis on personality, in the unalloyed certainty that Britain has produced some remarkable people, and some extraordinary tales....As a sentiment that may be unfashionable, but it is surely true."
     - The Times, 10 September 2005

"In a world where young people believe Admiral Nelson is a pub, it is a delight the think tank Civitas is to republish Our Island Story, one of the great children's history books of all time."
- Richard Stott, Sunday Mirror, 26 June 2005

"Marshall's handsomely reprinted history of England for children Our Island Story ... an unashamedly patriotic mixture of myth and history ... its place on the bookshelf is next to Robinson Crusoe rather than school text-books."
- Sunday Telegraph, 16 October 2005.

Our Island Story by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall was first published in 1905. This children’s history of Britain , from the time of the Romans to the death of Queen Victoria, became an instant classic. Beautifully written, with the narrative sweep of the best story-tellers, Our Island Story went through many editions and remained one of the most popular one-volume histories of Britain up until its final edition in 1953. Leading historians of the present day like Lady Antonia Fraser and Andrew Roberts have testified to the effect that this book had on them by igniting a passionate love of history in young minds through its thrilling narrative.

Since then, it has been difficult to obtain, but a new edition is now available, published by Civitas, the London think-tank, and Galore Park, a leading publisher of school textbooks.