Lance Price is better placed than most to write about ‘spin’ in politics, having worked as a BBC political reporter and as Alastair Campbell’s deputy in Downing Street.
William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham was hailed by Victorian schoolboys as the man who made England great.
What was it about post-war British cinema? Our films were lit up by a collection of wonderfully idiosyncratic performers.
You may find this book irritating. A complex exposition of 2,000 years of history, it is intended for the general reader, whoever he is (a general reader would surely not attempt it), so its source material is not identified but tidied away into long footnotes, presumably on the principle of pas devant la bonne.
Very funny guy, John O’Farrell.
Men of War: Courage under Fire in the 19th-century Navy, by David Crane
The Movement Reconsidered: Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and their Contemporaries, edited by Zachary Leader
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies, by Andy Beckett
The Companion to British History (Third Edition), by Charles Arnold Baker
The British in France: Visitors and Residents since the Revolution, by Peter Thorold