There Was a Time is Barry Egerton’s first book.
After a career in electronics, computing, communications technology and, later, as a mini-cab driver in London, Barry was in his late sixties when he began a history degree at the University of East Anglia.
He remains the oldest history student to graduate with honours from the university, and has used his new qualifications and further research to teach adult education courses.
On realising that he knew his subject and time period so well, he decided to write a book on it, and set to work on There Was a Time, a timely history of Britain’s place in the world between 1707 and 1997.
Barry’s main motivation for writing the book was the ever-decreasing focus on Britain’s own history in our nation’s schools.
He hopes this book will help fill the gap in knowledge by providing a broad outline of Britain’s history in a digestible form for readers of any age.
The book begins by explaining how the combined armies of England and Scotland, with allies, were able to defeat the joint might of Spain and France, helping to make the new nation of Great Britain the most influential in the world.
Barry goes on to cover the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, European and imperial events and both World Wars through to the end of the Cold War.