Starting with the best book first we have A Bit About Britain's History by Mike Biles. It seemed appropriate to use my favorite and treasured bookmark I picked up at Cheddar Gorge back in 1999.
This isn't a comprehensive history book yet richly detailed to keep your interest. The writing isn't dry as one might think when conjuring up ideas of our school history tomes. The delivery of the historical information is very engaging and the humor kept me turning the pages. The time periods are broken down in eight chapters starting with ancient Britain, early medieval, Tudors, Stuarts running to the modern history.
I loved reading about the Romans and the timeline at the end of the book breaks things down, sort of a basic crash course on which period you may want to explore more. I learned more about Britain's history and the development of government from this book and found subjects I want to know more about. Why couldn't history classes in school/college be this delightful?!
If you have a history buff or Anglophile in your family this would make a dynamite gift for birthday or Christmas. Mike Biles has a wonderful and informative blog as well called A Bit About Britain.
Clanlands by Sam Heughen and Graham McTavish