A couple of years ago, I mentioned John O’Farrell’s quite lovely An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, which was good fun all round. Well, there’s a sequel to that, which brings things nearly up to date, covering the years from the end of the Second World War up to the point where Tony Blair did a runner just in time for the economy to collapse and Gordon Brown to take all the blame instead of just some of it.
It’s much the same as before – working from the presumption that all those people really knew how we’d feel about things decades later, which is Very Silly, but in a good way. Mixed in with the jokes and spin, there’s some reasonably accurate (and properly researched) history of who did what, where, and even why.
Worth a read, nicely entertaining.