• A short, invigorating gallop over two and a half thousand years

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • Simon Jenkins achieves a high ambition: a concise readable history of two millennia of European civilisation from its discernible origins to our present perplexities. In 305 pages! . . . An immensely rewarding book from a gifted writer

    Harold Evans
  • Full of stand-out facts ... absolutely fascinating

    Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on 'A Short History of England'
  • Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece

    Independent, Books of the Year on England's Thousand Best Churches
  • Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed

    Adam Nicolson on 'England’s Thousand Best Houses', Evening Standard
  • Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought

    Michael Wood on 'A Short History of England', New Statesman
  • Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book

    Max Hastings on 'England’s Thousand Best Houses', Sunday Telegraph
  • Jenkins has produced the sort of work that not only compacts people and places into manageable form but also has wit and insight enough to bring a sense of freshness even to a knowledgeable history buff

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