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Elizabethans

How Modern Britain Was Forged
Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Who made modern Britain the country it is today? What does it mean to be the new Elizabethans? 

Back in 1953 when the queen ascended her throne, Britain was a very different nation. People wore more hats and uniforms, went regularly to church and were deeply class conscious. The Windrush generation had arrived just five years earlier, and many African Caribbean and Indian people new to the UK were being denied housing, work and entry to pubs, clubs and places of worship. There was division over immigration, food rationing and debate about what a late-20th-century Britain should look like. How did we get from there to here? 

Best-selling author and broadcaster Andrew Marr offers up an answer: change came from the people. Telling Britain’s modern history through a diverse cast of individuals from all walks of life, Marr shows how women started owning their sexuality; how Black activists changed the way we talked about race; how attitudes changed towards everything from social inequality to immigration, music, sexuality and freedom of expression. Celebrating activists and artists, sports heroes and business leaders, this book moves from Sylvia Plath to Elvis Costello, Frank Crichlow to Bob Geldof, Winston Churchill to Marcus Rashford, Zaha Hadid to James Dyson, Dusty Springfield to David Attenborough. Through these sung and unsung titans of the modern Elizabethan era, this is a history that gets to the heart of how 1950s Britain evolved into the diverse, contradictory and divided country it is today.

©2020 Andrew Marr (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Modern British history read by HAL 9000

I am sure this is as fascinating as all other Andrew Marr books. However, I couldn’t get beyond chapter one as the narrator is awful. His tone of voice, inflection, and rhythm are robotic. In fact he sounds exactly like HAL 9000 from 2001. “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that. “

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