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  • Published: 22 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9781785947599
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $39.99
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A History of Britain in Just a Minute



To celebrate one of Radio 4's longest running comedy panel shows, Gyles Brandreth's witty guide to British history, from Stonehenge and Boudicca to Peppa Pig and the London Olympics, in delightful 60-second instalments.

The story of us - without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

What does Rumpelstiltskin have to do with the princes in the tower? What is so special about the year 1776? How many Harry Potters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Join national treasure and Just a Minute regular Gyles Brandreth on a hilariously addictive romp through British history. This isn't just another history book - there's a catch! From Stonehenge and Boudicca to Peppa Pig and the London Olympics, each topic is written in 60-second installments, without hesitation, repetition, or deviation.
A History of Britain in Just a Minute celebrates key moments, people and places from our past: kings and queens, heroes and villains, triumphs and disasters, inventions and events, battles and bonnets, art, science, literature, entertainment, sport, gossip, and more. Some entries are uninterrupted minutes, while others feature challenges for repetition and even, er...hesitation. You'll even find other Just a Minute panellists occasionally stepping in to regale us with their witty takes on history.

You've never heard the story of Britain told quite like this. You'll enjoy every uproarious minute of it.

  • Published: 22 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9781785947599
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $39.99
Categories:

About the author

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.

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