Glory and B*llocks

Pages: 384
Subject: Politics, History
Imprint: Oneworld

Glory and B*llocks

The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History – And the Half-truths, Lies, Mistakes and What We Really Just Don’t Know About Brexit

Colin Brown

Discover the secret, intimate stories that animate the watershed events of British history, plus a new chapter on the defining event of twenty-first century Britain - Brexit!
9781851689927 (2 Dec 2013)
RRP £9.99

The Book

Did the longbow secure victory at Agincourt or are the English just better in mud? Did Queen Elizabeth I know the Armada had capitulated when she delivered one of the most inspiring speeches in all history? Where did Wellington meet his Waterloo? Was the vote to leave the European Union Britain's modern Peasants' Revolt?

Colin Brown travels to the sites of some of the most significant events in British history to skewer inaccuracies embedded in popular parlance and reveal the truth behind the stories that make Britain great.

Additional Information

Subject Politics, History
Pages 384
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Colin Brown is the acclaimed author of Operation Big: The Race to Stop Hitler's A-Bomb, ‘The Scum of the Earth': What Happened to the Real British Heroes of Waterloo? and Whitehall: The Street That Shaped a Nation. Formerly political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday, he covered breaking news in Downing Street and Westminster for over thirty years. He lives in London.


‘This is as much a travel book as history. Brown goes to significant sites… It's in evoking such a strong sense of place that the book succeeds in conveying a sense of history.'

- Independent on Sunday

‘Spirited, entertaining and fascinatingly informative.' 

- Daily Mail

‘David Cameron calls this "absolutely fascinating” and you can't say fairer than that.'

- Daily Express

'Barely a page fails to yield some colourful historical nugget.' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph on Whitehall 'Brown is a cheerful guide - full of anecdotes and observations.' The Guardian on Whitehall

Table of Contents

1215: The Magna Carta. 1415: Henry V. 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada. 1688: The Bill of Rights. 1815: Waterloo. 1833: Abolition of the slave trade. 1928: Women's suffrage. 1940: Dunkirk and Churchill's last stand. 1945: Creation of the welfare state. 1982: Falklands War.