by Sathnam Sanghera


Empireland Synopsis

EMPIRE explains why there are millions of Britons living worldwide.

EMPIRE explains Brexit and the feeling that we are exceptional.

EMPIRE explains our distrust of cleverness.

EMPIRE explains Britain's particular brand of racism.

Strangely hidden from view, the British Empire remains a subject of both shame and glorification. In his bestselling book, Sathnam Sanghera shows how our imperial past is everywhere: from how we live and think to the foundation of the NHS and even our response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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 enlightening portrait of contemporary British society, shining a light on everything that usually gets left unsaid. 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241445310
Publication date: 7th October 2021
Author: Sathnam Sanghera
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre History
Other Genres:

What To Read After Empireland

Waves Across the South

Sathnam Sanghera Press Reviews

I only wish this book had been around when I was at school -- Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history - James O'Brien

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

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

Immensely readable . . . Sanghera's account is simultaneously personal and scholarly -- Gideon Rachmen - FT, a Summer book of 2021 (Politics)

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

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

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

[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

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

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

A scorching polemic on the afterburn of empire - Financial Times

A wonderful, wonderful book -- David Lammy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning journalist who, until recently, was chief feature writer at The Financial Times. He now works for The Times and lives in London. This is his first book.

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