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Exotic England The Making of a Curious Nation by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Exotic England The Making of a Curious Nation

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown gives us an engaging portrait of England and Englishness, a view of the best as well as the worst of an island nation and the effects that exploration and empire has had on the English and the world. There’s no glossing over the dark underside of Empire but there is a compelling narrative here looking at history and how it shapes the present.

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Exotic England The Making of a Curious Nation by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline. From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers have eagerly roamed the globe and been enticed by the diversity and richness of other civilizations. And while this appetite for adventure has often been tainted by aggression or exploitation, the English have also carried within them a capacity to soak up new experiences and ideas and to weave them into every aspect of life back home, from language and literature to customs and culture. Here we trace this golden thread of otherness through five centuries of English history to reveal how it has shaped the buildings, flavoured the food, powered the economy, and created a truly diverse society. Today, when England is no longer synonymous with Britain and the English ask themselves who they are, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown paints a sumptuous and illuminating portrait of who they have been and brings a fresh, invigorating perspective on what 'Englishness' really means.

About the Author

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes on politics, multiracial societies, faith and human rights for the Independent and Daily Mail and appears regularly on TV and radio. She has won many journalism awards, including the Orwell Prize in 2002. She is the author of No Place Like Home (1995) and The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food.

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Publication date

30th November 1999


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