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British History book from a British point of view?

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I am hoping someone can point me to a good British history book.  My eldest who adores history is interested in reading a British history text from a British point of view.  She has read gobs, but being American, they are predominately American authors and so the point of view is skewed.

 

What would you suggest?  It doesn't have to be old or free, just accessible (ie I can manage to buy it online) and interesting to read.  I am sure I could find something, but I would like a personal recommendation as I don't want to buy something horribly boring.

 

Thank you!

 

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History of the English Speaking Peoples, by Churchill.   Very well written.  https://www.amazon.com/History-English-Speaking-Peoples-Revolution-Democracies/dp/0880294272/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489724213&sr=8-2&keywords=a+history+of+the+english+speaking+peoples

 

My oldest is reading through this series as part of his high school great books work.  He is loving them.  

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There are so many. It could be worth going on Amazon.co.uk and just searching British History. She might also like the text books that go along with A level History. There are a lot of them because the course providers choose from a big range of topics some will be British history. There are a couple of publishers. Oxford https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=oxford+aqa+history+for+a+level&tag=hydrukspg-21&index=aps&hvadid=48261723012&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11082680412042837927&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045304&hvtargid=kwd-79262345386&ref=pd_sl_4z8fhpzu8u_e

 

Hodder also do a similar series but I don't think there are as many books.

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I'm on my phone, so can't see ages in your sig, but for high school level I would say anything by Peter Ackroyd. I LOVE his books. I dont find them dry at all, and he has overviews as well as period focused works. They're available on Amazon.

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Thank you for the suggestions.  My oldest is actually 19 so adult level works are fine too. I will check out the ones you all have mentioned.  Thanks!

 

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Thanks for the reminder.  She does prefer print though.  We ordered some Peter Ackroyd from the library and have Churchill in the Amazon wish list.  They should be a good start and we'll see where she wants to go from there.

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Peter Ackroyd writes fiction too, so be aware of what you are getting.

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Maybe below the requested reading level, but "Our Island Story" is a classic spine for this topic.  It is assigned in Dialectic Level for Tapestry of Grace.

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Maybe below the requested reading level, but "Our Island Story" is a classic spine for this topic. It is assigned in Dialectic Level for Tapestry of Grace.

I only assign this as a read aloud​, so that we can discuss everything wrong with it as we go through. Sexism, racism, imperialism, disgust at other religions...

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Is there a particularly part of British history of interest or types of British points of view she's after? It would make it easier to make a recommendation, there is quite a lot of it and lots of different British points of views...

 

Niall Ferguson would be worth a look. I know quite a few who recommend his book Empire [he also has one on US history/expansion called Colossus, it may be interesting to compare what a Brit thinks of US history]. Darcus Howe: A Political Biography would be good for more modern history and the discussion of UK civil rights movements. I do like The Tribes of Britain by David Miles which is more of an early overview book though I'm too early in it to really recommend it. 

 

Honestly, I use a lot of the BBC Store/bbc iplayer for history which is IP locked so not much use. Most of the British history books we own are a book more tongue-in-cheek like "All the Countries we've ever invaded and the few we never got around to" which I may use for high school geography...

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She doesn't have a specific time period of interest, but Victorian era and the British view of early America would be two she would choose off hand.  Thanks for the ideas.

 

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She doesn't have a specific time period of interest, but Victorian era and the British view of early America would be two she would choose off hand. Thanks for the ideas.

I think that both of those topics are on the A level syllabus, so searching bookdepository for 'A Level American History', for example, should come up with something. A Levels are a similar level to APs but are largely essay-based exams.

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