Great Britons

The great debate

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Great Britons: The great debate

What makes an individual truly great? For Mo Mowlam, Winston Churchil was 'an inspiration'. For Michael Portillo, Elizabeth I had 'extraordinary political gifts'. Find out what the public's choice of 1000 greatest Britons says about our national identity.

Following the major BBC Two series, Great Britons explores the lives of some of the best-known names in British history and describes the relationship between their image, reputation and celebrity.

Along with a discussion of the nature of biography, plus personal and passionate arguments from the programme presenters, this beautifully illustrated book analyses the life and iconography of each of the top ten nominations and explores why they remain central to the nation's self-image.

235 x 189mm, 172 pages, With over 190 illustrations, 140 in colour, ISBN 1 85514 507 3, £4.99 (paperback)

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John Cooper is an author and historian. He was previously Head of Education at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Brian Harrison
is Editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography and Professor of Modern British History at Oxford University.

Mark Harrison is Series Producer of Great Britons for the BBC.

Other authors include Rosie Boycott, editor and journalist; Jeremy Clarkson, writer and presenter and Andrew Marr, the BBC's Political Editor.

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