Al Murray takes a look at the 20th century with Quercus

Al Murray takes a look at the 20th century with Quercus

Quercus will publish Al Murray's look at 20th-century British history, The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) And All That.

Editorial director Jane Sturrock acquired world rights from Avalon. The title will be published at the end of October 2020. 

The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) And All That is a whistle-stop tour of Britain since 1914, from both world wars to the eve of the new millennium — "when Tony Blair tried to set fire to the River Thames while the Queen pulled a face" — and everything else in between. 

Murray currently co-hosts a Second World War history podcast, "We have Ways of Making You Talk", with James Holland.

Sturrock said: "I've been a fan of Al Murray's comedy for ages, but I only relatively recently discovered his podcast and it occurred to me he could write a very entertaining book about modern British history. Al knows his history inside out and in The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) And All That has delivered a hilarious, fascinating and informative gallop through 20th-century Britain."

Murray said: "I’m working my way through The Last Hundred Years And All That (Give or Take) and doing what I can to offer an honestly biased history of our tumultuous epoch, this book does what it can to teach us all the ultimate Lesson from History – which is keep your hopes up, your head down and always pack a spare pair of underpants/socks."

Murray has previously published The Pub Landlord’s Book of British Common Sense (Hodder Paperbacks, 2008), The Pub Landlord Says Think Yourself British (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010), Great British Pub Quiz Book (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010) and Watching War Films with My Dad (Arrow, 2014).