Our Island Story

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Our Island Story
Author H. E. Marshall
Illustrator A. S. Forrest
Cover artist A. S. Forrest
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject History
Genre Reference
Publisher Civitas/Galore Park
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 512 pp
ISBN 1-902984-74-9
OCLC 63134934
Followed by Scotland's Story

Our Island Story: A Child's History of England is a book by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall, first published in 1905 in London by T. C. & E. C. Jack.[1]

It covers the history of England from the time of the Roman occupation until Queen Victoria's death, using a mixture of traditional history and mythology to explain the story of British history in a way accessible to younger readers.[2]

Prime Minister David Cameron chose Our Island Story when asked to select his favourite childhood book in October 2010:[2]

"When I was younger, I particularly enjoyed 'Our Island Story' by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall [...] It is written in a way that really captured my imagination and which nurtured my interest in the history of our great nation."[2]

The book depicts the union of England and Scotland as a desirable and inevitable event,[3] and praises rebels and the collective will of the common people in opposing tyrants, including kings like John and Charles I.


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Media related to An island story; a child's history of England (1906) at Wikimedia Commons