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Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall

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“Our Island Story”

Paperback list price £6.99   ISBN: 1903386527

"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.

First published in 1905, this beautifully written narrative sets out the history of Britain in chronological order from the Romans to the death of Queen Victoria. Written specifically for children, this centenary edition with its short chapters, simple words, enthralling character descriptions and magnificent paintings from the Palace of Westminster, presents history as a series of vivid stories that will capture the imagination of adults and children alike.

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.