Eighteen

Eighteen: A History of Britain in 18 Young Lives

Hardback Published on: 15/08/2024
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Synopsis

At eighteen, your life is full of possibility. You have everything to look forward to - unless you've got the plague... In this unconventional and witty history, award-winning writer and broadcaster, Alice Loxton, delves into Britain’s past, exploring the country though eighteen notable figures at this formative age. From a young Empress Matilda, already changing the fate of nations, to Richard Burton, the rugby-obsessed teenager who grew up in a Welsh mining town, each journey unpicks a different era of Britain. Irreverent and full of fascinating tidbits (Did you know Chaucer began his career as a scantily clad pageboy?), Loxton shows how the way a society treats its young, reveals much about its values and foibles. Seamlessly blending big history with engaging stories of royalty, explorers, writers and entertainers, Eighteen builds a rich mosaic of Britain's past, inviting a journey of discovery. Looking at the role of class, race, and raw ambition, Loxton also asks what lessons we can take for modern Britain – and why the answers might not be what you think.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035031283
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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