Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain

October 13, 2019 - Comment

Beginning with Shepton Mallet prison, which had been in use for 400 years when it closed in 2013, Michael Portillo investigates the stories hidden within the walls of twelve buildings that illuminate aspects of Britains modern history. Through structures including Brightons sewer system, Imber village in Wiltshire, a nuclear bunker in Cambridge and the New

Beginning with Shepton Mallet prison, which had been in use for 400 years when it closed in 2013, Michael Portillo investigates the stories hidden within the walls of twelve buildings that illuminate aspects of Britains modern history. Through structures including Brightons sewer system, Imber village in Wiltshire, a nuclear bunker in Cambridge and the New Victoria cinema in Bradford, he explores four themes: crime and emergency, life and death, defence, and Peoples Pleasure Domes.

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Anonymous says:

Local History Great book – with the usual ‘Portillo’ Style. Surprised and delighted to find the ‘Local’ Cambridge Hospital (now closed) featured, as I have many memories of being a patient there on several occasions. Not being military, the dedicated soldiers who staffed this magnificent, much loved local monument, was much appreciated. Its survival was a hard-fought, lengthy battle, sadly lost.

Anonymous says:

An ideal Christmas gift I haven’t read this book but the quality of the text and printing is really good. It is a gift for my son

Anonymous says:

Portillos hidden history of Britain. This can only be described as brilliant. I would suggest that if you are considering buying it just do it. You will not be disappointed.

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