British History in Books

April 3, 2006 | 10 books mentioned 2

Melvyn Bragg, who hosts the terrific In Our Time program on BBC Radio, has put together a list of the twelve British books that have changed the world. The list is for a television series that he’ll be hosting. As an article in the Guardian explains, the most recent book on the list is from 1918, and there’s no fiction at all. What’s interesting about Bragg’s list is that they’re not so much books as they’re historical documents of political and scientific importance. The list:

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Doesn't Shakespeare's work in The First Folio count as fiction? "As You Like It" and "Love's Labour's Lost" can't be considered nonfiction.

  2. Very good point… I suppose I was trying to say "no novels," but I got a little too fancy with it.

    Among some folks, the King James Bible would probably count as fiction too, come to think of it.

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