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The House of Lords: From Saxon Wargods to a Modern Senate





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For centuries, the House of Lords has provoked blind adoration, blind rage and often public merriment. John Wells, the founder-editor of Private Eye tells the entertaining story of this extraordinary institution from its dramatic past to the modern political arena where its importance is once again in question in The House of Lords. When published in hardback in 1997, the book was critically well received. Michael Onslow, writing in the Literary Review, described Wells's writing like this: "His irony and humour are as good as Gibbon's and his scholarship equal to that of Macaulay...This book should be essential reading for all would-be changers." Clare Tomalin, writing for the Express, wrote: "A good history and great entertainment from the first page to last...It could not be handled better. A brilliant, informative performance." Both entertaining and instructive, The House of Lords is a fascinating and delightful work of history.

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