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The Official History of Britain: Our Story in Numbers as Told by the Office For National Statistics
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The Official History of Britain: Our Story in Numbers as Told by the Office For National Statistics (Hardback)

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'Entertaining and absorbing' - The Sunday Times

A wonderfully written and entertaining book which places Britain under the microscope and asks who we are today and how we've changed as a nation.

In 1841 there were 734 female midwives working in Britain, along with 9 artificial eye makers, 20 peg makers, 6 stamp makers and 1 bee dealer. Fast forward nearly two centuries and there are 51,000 midwives working in the UK and not an eye maker in sight!

For the past two centuries, through the Census and national surveys, the Office for National Statistics and its predecessors have charted the lives of the British: our jobs, home lives and strange cultural habits. With questions on occupation, housing, religion, travel and family, the Census findings have informed the economy, politics, and every other national matter. Its collected data forms the single most valuable ongoing historical resource of modern times.

Now, for the first time ever, The Official History of Britain collects these findings into a wonderfully written and entertaining book by Boris Starling and assisted by the ONS' statistical advisor, David Bradbury. Delving deep into statistics surrounding our occupations, our working lives, relationships; our quirks, habits, weird interests and cultural beliefs, and, of course, the latest findings on the Covid-19 pandemic, The Official History of Britain places Britain under the microscope and asks who we are and how we've changed as a nation.

History & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesHistory of ideas Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008412197  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Boris Starling is an award-winning author, screenwriter and journalist who, with this book, has finally put his history degree of 30 years ago to good use. He is a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller for both fiction and non-fiction, and his first novel Messiah was adapted into a BBC series which ran for five seasons. He is also the author of the popular Haynes Explains series and writes regularly for several national newspapers. He lives in Dorset with his wife, children, greyhounds and chickens. David Bradbury, who assisted Boris with this book, is a long-serving senior media relations officer for the Office for National Statistics. He too studied history at university and edited the award-winning Statlas UK: a Statistical Atlas of the UK for the Central of Information and the Ordnance Survey, before joining the ONS soon after it was established. He divides his time between London and Oxford.

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