Unruly: The Number One Bestseller ‘Horrible Histories for grownups’ The Times

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Unruly: The Number One Bestseller ‘Horrible Histories for grownups’ The Times

Unruly: The Number One Bestseller ‘Horrible Histories for grownups’ The Times

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The intensity of intra-familial hatred in many periods of royal history makes the William and Harry rift look like a tersely raised eyebrow over a Boxing Day game of Trivial Pursuit.’ Photograph: FD/Francis Dias/Newspix International Discover who we are and how we got here by listening to comedian and student of history David Mitchell's UNRULY: A History of England's Kings and Queens - a thoughtful, funny exploration of the founding fathers and mothers of England, and subsequently Britain.

I can't recommend this book enough. Very funny and interesting, it is above all a proper work of history' - Charlie HigsonHe’s a smart guy in some ways but really dumb in others, he’s arrogant enough to believe otherwise. I would read another book by him about medieval history if he promised not to pontificate about modern issues (or include any pop culture references, which are uniformly embarrassing)

In a way, this is very much the gist of his book, though because he is a comedian, he has the talent to turn these "sad stories" into ironic, tongue-in-cheek, profane, practical, unscientific and very entertaining. He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. Mitchell clearly knows his history, with a book that owes as much to Monty Python as it does to Simon Schama' ANDREW MARR, BROADCASTERHow this happened, who it happened to, and why the hell it matters are all questions that Mitchell answers with brilliance, wit, and the full erudition of a man who once studied history—and won’t let it off the hook for the mess it’s made. And i think this is where the problem is, the audio book i suspect is far superior experience than the printed book.

Who knew a history of England’s rulers could be this hilarious? A brilliantly entertaining romp through monarchs’ i You may be thinking that there’s more about James Bond in this extract than you expected. Sorry. But my point is that giving Bond a sad and lonely end casts a shadow over every other moment in his life that we’ve seen portrayed. Everything Bond undergoes in every other film – every moment of suavity, action, humour or seduction – is happening to a man destined to die young, heartbroken and alone.

Signed Edition with an exclusive additional chapter focusing on Hengist and Horsa- a standard edition is also available If you are interested in what he really thinks, I very much recommend reading his book or -as I did- listening to him narrating it. It was a great experience.

JUST FANTASTIC. DELIGHTFULLY CONTRARY AND HILARIOUSLY CANTANKEROUS. VERY, VERY FUNNY' JESSE ARMSTRONG, CREATOR OF SUCCESSION AND PEEP SHOW Unruly seems fine-tuned to annoy prigs and pedants such as myself – and yet, despite a set of cultural references firmly wedged in the latter half of the previous century, there is refreshing candour in how it calls out the bastards, bullies and brats who have donned England’s highest-carat hats. Above all, it’s a funny read, playful and well-meaning. And while it corrects a few schoolboy errors en route, it’s most interested in why we make them in the first place. Did the Vikings have horns on their helmets? Well, Mitchell writes, “in every possible way, other than the literal truth, they totally had horns on their helmets”. CLEVER, FUNNY, MAKES YOU THINK QUITE DIFFERENTLY ABOUT HISTORY’ DAN SNOW, HISTORIAN AND BROADCASTER Mitchell is no historian, and I love that he does not pretend to be. He is open about his preferences and his opinions, such as heavily supporting Harold Godwinson over William the Conqueror, and I loved how he did this! A funny book about a serious subject, UNRULY is for anyone who has ever wondered how we got here - and who is to blame.Discover who we are and how we got here in comedian and student of history David Mitchell's Unruly: A History of England's Kings and Queens - a thoughtful, funny exploration of the founding fathers and mothers of England, and subsequently Britain. Perhaps the most undignified English king, though, was John. The extent of his indignity was a surprise to me when I was researching my new book about the kings and queens of England, because posterity has focused so much on how bad he was – bad as in dastardly. And he was dastardly – dishonest and brutal. During the reign of his predecessor, his elder brother Richard the Lionheart, he tried to steal the throne by pretending Richard was dead. Once Richard had genuinely died, he murdered the only rival claimant, his nephew Arthur, possibly with his bare hands, which feels like unnecessary attention to detail. David Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is one half of the comedic duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were both part of the Cambridge Footlights, of which Mitchell became President. Together the duo starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show in which Mitchell plays Mark Corrigan. The show received a BAFTA and won three British Comedy Awards, while Mitchell won the award for Best Comedy Performance in 2009. The duo have written and starred in several sketch shows including The Mitchell and Webb Situation, That Mitchell and Webb Sound and most recently That Mitchell and Webb Look. Mitchell and Webb also star in the UK version of Apple's Get a Mac advertisement campaign. Their first film, Magicians, in which Mitchell plays traditional magician Harry, was released on 18 May 2007.



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