Roy Porter

It Is No Yoke

The Republic of Britain: 1760 to the Present


Allen Lane 352pp £20 order from our bookshop

‘Why chuck good money after him?’ That was the reaction of my Greek barber, when we were recently discussing the possible restoration of King Constantine: ‘those kings, they just milk the people’. His words caught the gist of the anti-monarchical tradition in Britain, too, as revealed in Frank Prochaska’s crisp and cogent survey of the last two and a half centuries.

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