As attentive readers will have gathered by now, my affection for history does not encompass heavily detailed, amply researched biographies.
I am more into lighter, entertaining, richly illustrated stuff, like this book that I finished yesterday.
One of the sterotypes I abide by is that what Brits lack in aesthetics (there ARE exceptions) they make up for with a delightful sense of humour (are there exceptions?). As exemplified in this little booklet, where all sorts of convenient information is classified under headings such as 'Weird Claim to Fame', 'Poor Choice' or 'Should be Ashamed of'.
Highly stimulating, I tell you!