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Lawrence James was born in Bath and was educated at the University of York and Merton College, Oxford. After a distinguished teaching career he has emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of his generation.
'The range, sweep and sheer verve of theb ook are prodigious....A masterpiece.' A N WILSON 'His feeling for historical detail cannot be faulted and is made more engaging by his scholarship and infectious enthusiasm for the subject.' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'With this superb history of the mammoth subject (James') writing career has reached its apogee.' THE TIMES 'James never loses sight of his grand design, yet he still finds room for the telling detail which illuminates and enriches the narrative.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'James' epic is not only a first rate narrative, but also a penetrating portrait of the British...Having largely, if often inadvertantly, selfishly or ham-fistedly, engineered the world we live in, we need the courage now to face up to our record as coolly and intelligently as Lawrence James has done.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Outstanding....An intelligible introduction to a grand subject.' SPECTATOR