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David Horspool read History at Oxford, and is History Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Why Alfred Burned the Cakes, and he writes for the TLS, the Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and New York Times.
A superb losers' history of England [told] with narrative verve and delicious detail * Ferdinand Mount * An unfailingly lucid, immensely readable, and above-all clear-eyed account of an indomitable strand in our national story * David Kynaston * An exciting, accessible story. Horspool uncovers the hearty, dangerous energy of British politics. We are a nation of rebels, whose history has been shaped by stirrers of every kind * Diane Purkiss * Highly impressive. Could almost be a one-volume guide to English history. -- Noel Malcolm * Sunday Telegraph * Full of wit and scholarship -- Peter Ackroyd * The Times *