An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain : or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always, Paperback Book

An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain : or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always Paperback

2 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?'. "An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain" informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945; leaving the Twenty-First Century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780552775465

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Bit disappointing. Not as funny as the 2,000 years book, and somewhat preachy in places. A few bad mistakes, too ... Ethiopia isn't a Muslim nation, actually.

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This book is a sequel to O'Farrell's <I>An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2,000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge</I>, and covers the period from 1945 to the present. While the first book was a breezy, if biased, survey of British history, this volume is so biased towards the Labor Party and so full of venom for the Conservatives - especially Margaret Thatcher, that it makes for a very exasperating read. O'Farrell is bound and determined to defend Labor, even at their worst in the 1970's, and refuses to admit that some of what Thatcher did was necessary. This is one to skip.

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I don't think I'd mind an irreverent, silly tone in non-fiction. Makes it an easier read, right? And always worth poking fun at history and all the dumb mistakes that we'll never ever make again... or not. But something about O'Farrell's tone just sets my teeth on edge. The book is informative enough, but I couldn't get past the style, and I didn't find it all that funny.