Peter Ackroyd's Foundation is the first volume in what will eventually be a six-volume history of England, with the last part not out until 2023.
It's not often you pick up a book that is so right and just think: 'yes, why has no-one done this before?'
The first thing to say about this is that is a big book for a big subject, nearly 800 pages of text plus an extensive index and bibliography.
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