visión de conjunto:Críticas Delightfully good ... an exuberant and learned celebration of British culture (Nick Cohen Observer)Not only thoroughly entertaining but crammed with as many serious insights as a shelf-ful of academic studies. (Alwyn W Turner The Telegraph)Relentlessly entertaining (Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times)I read it in less than two days my attention never flagging ... It is dramatic perceptive and often extremely funny (John Preston Spectator)I read it in less than two days my attention never flagging ... Embracing everything from Black Sabbath's guitarist Tony Iommi losing his fingers in a sheet metal press to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony it's dramatic perceptive and often extremely funny. (Books of the Year Spectator)It was hard to find a more convincing read ... a highly entertaining look at everything from The Avengers to Harry Potter that proclaims Britain as the champion of culture spreading words and songs internationally like no other (Books of the Year Sunday Times)Sandbrook's hugely enjoyable analysis of why we continue to punch above our weight in this area ... covers everything from boarding school tales (Tom Brown to Harry Potter) to country house tales (Brideshead and Downton) the works of Tolkien to the 2012 Olympics. (Books of the Year Mail on Sunday)Terrific fun ... Sandbrook isn't like other historians ... He heads off down strange neglected byways teasing out unexpected connections with the results often proving far more illuminating - and enjoyable - than conventional narratives ... I defy you not to be swept up in a narrative that's as colourful as it is dramatic. (John Preston Mail on Sunday)Engrossing ... delightful ... a book that relishes an argument and likes to challenge received opinion ... not only thoroughly entertaining but crammed with as many serious insights as a shelf-ful of academic studies. (Alwyn Turner Daily Telegraph)Witty ... enthusiastic ... a passionate and admirable defence of coach-party musical theatre large-print historical fiction wedding reception rock Orc sagas To the Manor Born Arnold Bennett Billy Bunter and Billy Elliot ... The hot core of his story though is made of the most thrillingly unlikely material. (Matthew Sweet Guardian) Reseña del editor 'Delightfully good ... an exuberant and learned celebration of British culture ... full of love for and fascination with everything from the origins of heavy metal in the metal-bashing industries of the West Midlands to John Lennon's and Damien Hirst's lust for money' Nick Cohen Observer'Terrific ... I defy you not to be swept up in a narrative that's as colourful as it is dramatic' - John Preston Mail on Sunday'Dramatic perceptive and often extremely funny' Spectator Books of the YearBritain's empire has gone. We no longer matter as we once did. And yet there is still one area in which we can legitimately claim superpower status: our popular culture. It is extraordinary to think that one British writer J. K. Rowling has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply no country on earth relative to its size has contributed more to the modern imagination.This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture from Bond and the Beatles to Catherine Cookson and Coronation Street from Harry Potter heavy metal and Kate Bush to Damien Hirst Downton Abbey and Grand Theft Auto.Dominic Sandbrook's superbly rich entertaining and thought-provoking book makes it clear that The Great British Dream Factory is a very strange and wonderful place indeed. Biografía del autor Dominic Sandbrook's most recent book for Penguin was Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain 1974-79. He is the presenter of a number of highly successful BBC television series on subjects as diverse as the joys of the Volkswagen and the history of science fiction. He writes reviews and articles principally for the Daily Mail and Sunday Times.