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This month’s best historical books


The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker: The Story of Britain through its Census, since 1801

By Roger Hutchinson

Little, Brown, £20, 352 pages, hardback

Since its inception at the start of the 19th century, the British census has recorded, in snapshot fashion, the changing make-up of the nation. Roger Hutchinson’s book looks at some of these changes, from the impact of the Industrial Revolution to the spread of the British Empire. It also examines the extraordinary individuals who fill the census’ pages – including John Rickman, the government official and statistician who championed the idea of a nationwide survey. is combination of personality and wider perspective, character study and big history, makes for a compelling read.

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