Saturday, 18 January 2014
Tony Robinson's Weird Wonders: The British, by Tony Robinson
The tone of the book is gently humorous, full of factual titbits of information and trivia. It's presented by five young illustrated characters who pop in and out at various points and deliver information or ask questions. A bit Horrible Histories in style, but with less focus on the obscure and the gross. It's well researched and gives an engaging whistle stop historical narrative that is informative and interesting.
What it lacks in detail it makes up for in accessibility, though it could be said that the single-strand historical narrative is a little simplistic in its approach. Though Robinson's style is accessible to all and the book is not overtly pitched at either gender, history does seem to be a little bit dude-heavy. Though, obviously, that is not something that Tony has any control over, it wouldn't have killed him to sprinkle the historical page with a few more women. Women that aren't Queen Victoria, anyway.
All in all, a speedy, informative read and I actually learned what caused the First World War, which is something I've never been totally sure about.
My history is terrible.