Island Story

Island Story

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What is life like on this Island? With a tent and a rusty bike, J.D. Taylor set off to find out. No other subject has split so much ink as the health of Britain today. But whilst assuming a monopoly on national identity, a London-based elite has proven a poor forecaster of the political weather around the Island. Sceptical and inquisitive, Taylor instead cycled all round Britian, interviewing and staying with strangers from all walks of life. Without a map and travelling with the most basic of kit, the journey revels in serendipity and schadenfreude. Island Story weaves histories, experiences and ideas to tell another kind of story: one of rebellion and retail parks, migration and inertia, pessimism and disappearing ways of life, and a fiery, unrealised desire for collective belonging and power. Think you know the UK? Island Story will make you think again. (back cover)
ISBN: 9781910924204
Characteristics: 493 pages : map

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Nov 26, 2018

A counter-clockwise cycling trip around Britain, talking to people in the under-reported, post-industrial communities that used to thrive. Insightful, charming, and dis-heartening. A must-read for those who care about the UK today.

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