Hope and Glory : The Days That Made Britain Paperback
'These were the days that made us, and these are the day trips to find them.
Should we do a flask? And are you sure you'll be warm enough in that coat?'In Hope and Glory Stuart Maconie goes in search of the places, people and events that have shaped modern Britain.
Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, he chooses a defining moment in our nation's story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today. Some were glorious days, some were tragic, or even shameful, but each has played its part in making us who we are as a nation.
From pop stars to politicians, Suffragettes to punks, this is a journey around Britain in search of who we are.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 09/06/2011
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780091926489
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Review by cappybear
Stuart Maconie comes up with a particular date, supposedly significant, in each decade of the twentieth century, then wanders around the country, stopping at cafes and loving everybody. Having read a few of Maconie's other books, I found the formula too familiar, and if, like me, you're a stickler for facts, you'll be appalled by some of the clunkers in here; from the date of the start of the twentieth century to the shape of Enoch Powell's moustache, the author rides roughshod in search of a good story or a humorous point. I quite enjoyed the chapters on the ascent of Everest and the 1966 World Cup, but the overall effect is one of hack work.
Review by sloopjonb
I quite like Maconie's writings - no Orwell he, but he's a genial and amusing companion around interesting places. But, lord, lord, the mistakes! Do yourself a favour, Stuart, and hire a competent research assistant, who could put you straight as to what direction Gateshead is from Newcastle, which bank of the Tyne Jarrow is on, how many countries from outside Europe played in the World Cup finals before North Korea did (even if you meant first country from East Asia, South Korea played in 1954), the dominant religion in Ethiopia ... I could go on. Actually, I think I will: the bridge used by the Metro to cross the Tyne, the name of the trophy Wigan Athletic were runners up in (NOT winners of) in 1973, the number of football clubs there have been in Accrington (you sure you're a football fan, Stuart?), Queen Victoria's first name ... The book even starts with a bogus quote from Mao Zedong.Two stars off for shoddy research.