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Our Island Story (A History of Britain for Boys and Girls) is a book, printed in 1905, by H. E. Marshall. It is a history of Britain up to Queen Victoria's death, with some myths and legends mixed in. The book's contents were originally told by H.E. Marshall to answer her children's questions about the history of "their home island". In 2005, a centenary edition was published jointly by Civitas and Galore Park Publishing. The book has always been very popular, and many famous historians credit it as an inspiration.

It is quite easy to read, and is often read aloud as well. An example follows:

A close prisoner Elizabeth was kept. Very few of her own servants were allowed to be with her. But one of the servants of the Tower had a little son about four years old. He used to come to see the Princess and bring her flowers, and they soon became great friends.

It does not get any more complicated than this.

Reader's Reviews


An absolutely wonderful simple history of Britain. A few niggles are that it includes large portions of fairy tale, and myth, like Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. But, basically, it is a really good, simple, history of Britain, and is the first history that I ever learnt. It is also very good read aloud.


Really good book, I love listening to it on tape. I would certaining suggest reading it. The history's great.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 8+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 6+

Some violence. Battle scenes.

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