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  • Published: 28 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241445334
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Empireland

How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain




The groundbreaking bestseller which examines the effect of empire on modern Britain

In Britain, imperialism is everywhere - though we often choose not to see it. From the way we travel and the foundation of the NHS to the nature of our racism and wealth, it is central to the way we think and conduct politics. In his bestselling book, Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of modern Britain - including the exceptionalism that inspired Brexit and our response to the COVID-19 crisis - is rooted in our imperial past.

Empire is foundational to modern Britain yet is barely taught in schools or mentioned in museums. At a time of great division, when we are arguing about what it means to be British, Empireland is a groundbreaking revelation - a much-needed and illuminating portrait of modern British society with the power and potential to change minds.

  • Published: 28 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241445334
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning writer for The Times. His first book, TheBoy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award and the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. Marriage Material is his first novel, and has been shortlisted for the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature and the 2013 Costa First Novel Award.

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Praise for Empireland

In this witty and multi-faceted portrait of our nation, the award-winning journalist and novelist looks with great acuity at how the Empire wrought contemporary Britain

Bookseller

This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history. As urgent as it is illuminating . . . Sanghera's meticulous research and passionate advocacy combine to create an irresistible case for reviewing much of what we think we know about the reality and legacy of the British Empire

James O'Brien

Lucid but never simplistic; entertaining but never frivolous; intensely readable while always mindful of nuance and complexity - Empireland takes a perfectly-judged approach to its contentious but necessary subject

Jonathan Coe

A gracefully written book, but its real beauty lies in its complete absence of dogmatism ... Empireland is not an angry diatribe. It's a sensitive, often uncomfortable commentary on the stubborn influence of empire ... The real remedy is education of the kind that Sanghera has embraced - accepting, not ignoring, the past

Gerard deGroot, The Times

I only wish this book had been around when I was at school

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

[Empireland] should be on the compulsory reading list of every secondary school in the country

John Simpson

[An] impassioned and deeply personal journey through Britain's imperial past and present ... a moving and stimulating book that deserves to be widely read

The Guardian

A scorching polemic on the afterburn of empire

Financial Times

This account of how much of our "island story" was written in other countries deserves to be widely read. His decency and talent remind us of how much we owe to all those immigrants from our empire who came to make their lives here and too often (but happily not always) had to face hostility with a racist hue. The racism was frequently sired by our imperial past

The Tablet

This thoroughly engaging and incredibly important book must be read by everyone. The sometimes heartbreaking read is enlightening and transformative. This remarkable work should be included in school curriculum... The informative book will undoubtedly continue to improve the understanding of future generations and perhaps even shape them

Eastern Eye

Excellent ... he is a good guide to the complexities of the issues ... And he is largely positive about Britain and its future

Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

In the wake of personal epiphany we glimpse with Sanghera pathways of transformative potential ... a simple but profound response - this searching introspection and a quest for new horizons, combined with a readiness to sit with the contradictions of it all

The Observer

Very well written ... decent, balanced and wise. His decency and talent remind us of how much we owe to all those immigrants from our empire who came to make their lives here

Chris Patten, The Tablet

This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history

James O'Brien

A wonderful, wonderful book

David Lammy

My book of the year so far. A really thoughtful, deeply researched and elegantly written look at the legacy of empire

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

A really interesting look at the history of empire - everything we're not taught at school - and how learning that history could change the way we view our country today

Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Immensely readable . . . Sanghera's account is simultaneously personal and scholarly

Gideon Rachmen, FT, a Summer book of 2021 (Politics)

The best book on the British empire for a very long time

Diane Abbott

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