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“History's gripping when turned into ripping yarns”

So writes Damian Whitworth in the TIMES. He has just been reading H. E. Marshall’s Kings & Things, “a brisk canter through English history that was first published in 1937 but was out of print for years until it was republished last month. I inhaled almost the whole thing in one sitting. All school librarians should present their charges with the same opportunity.”

Last year Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall’s Our Island Story was reissued, and 40,000 volumes were sold. It’s wonderful stuff.