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52 Times Britain Was a Bellend

The History You Didn’t Get Taught at School
Narrated by: Mathew Baynton
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: History, British
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Summary

Twitter hero James Felton brings you the painfully funny history of Britain you were never taught at school, chronicling 52 of the most ludicrous, weird and downright 'baddie' things we British* have done to the world since time immemorial - and then conveniently forgot all about, of course, including: 

  • Starting wars with China when they didn't buy enough of our heroin 
  • Inventing a law so we didn't have to return objects we'd blatantly stolen from other countries  
  • Casually creating muzzles for women 
  • And we haven't even mentioned Brexit yet   

52 Times Britain Was a Bellend will complete your knowledge of this sceptred isle in ways you never expected. So if you've ever wondered how we put the 'Great' in 'Great Britain', wonder no more.... 

*And when we say British, for the most part we unfortunately just mean the English.

©2019 James Felton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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excellent book on Britain's hidden history

The history they don't teach you laid bare, hysterically funny in delivery. The fact that we went round the world telling them how to behave, and then criticise them when we change our minds is one of the modern wonders of the world..

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Brilliant, very well written and executed.....

Extremely well done writing held my attention and humour, until finished could not stop listening, then played it the following day and listened again with a friend. Fantastic. 52 shortish chapters plus intro chapter, but definitely worth a listen. , please please can we have "another 52 times Britain was a bellend"
Please write a sequel.

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Funny insightful book

A lot of people are giving this book a bit of jit when it’s actually really good
It’s not for the hardcore historian as it’s written by a comedian but the fact is if you google the stories they come up

Really jovial book to find out how terrible our nation has been and that we arnt as great as we all say we are!

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An hilarious straightening out of British History

The short chapters cover a hell of a lot of fascinating moments in time, most of which I'd had no idea even happened. And those I did, I didn't realise were perpetrated by such total bellends!

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Smarmy

Several interesting anecdotes, although each is treated only very superficially. This is not a history book, and I worry the research may not have extended much beyond Wikipedia.

The narrator is a serious let down, though. More so than the material, he comes across as patronising and annoying.

The message of this book is severely marred by its tone. It's more a grab bag of things to trot out to sound superior whilst engaging in pointless internet argument than a cogent warning of the evils of empire.

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Brilliant.

I knew some of these already - note some. None of the ones I knew, though, were from any of the tedious history lessons I was forced to sit through at school. They should teach some of this instead of the sanitised crap you get taught now!

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awesome and should forced into school learning

I fear like most truths this will be ignored to our cost and our futures

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Fun title. Poor execution.

A collection of slightly random stories of horrible histories, light on depth and detail and unashamedly skirting over each subject, using too much profanity to remain amusing.

The voice of the reader is also extremely irritating.

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hilarious. laughed way more than I should

By far the funniest history book I've read so far. Visual as well as historical.

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Depressing listening.

Lots of interesting and no doubt accurate gobbets of history. But it's a depressing, wearing listen and don't buy it expecting comedy.
Also very sweary for no obvious reason. Otherwise could be given to kids graduating from horrible histories.

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  • 23-10-19

School Textbook

A book with a purpose, a book with a context. Twenty years ago I'd give a 3-star review for being cute. In today's Brexit era, this is neccessary information. Too many voters learn history through tabloid headlines and cut-n-paste documentaries. See ya on Twitter James!

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  • 22-10-19

Great book well done 👍🏽

I love this book. It’s a hilariously funny look into British history. Probably the best audiobook I’ve listened to this year. A MUST LISTEN