Reviews

  • 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 drives a coach and horses through the ludicrous but increasingly popular notion that wanting a proper public understanding of all aspects of British and Imperial history is somehow unpatriotic or 'anti-British'. A quite beautiful writer, with a deep personal investment in the subject matter, his 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
  • Sathnam Sanghera's nuanced, witty and evidence-driven book explains how we arrived where we are as a country. It celebrates our triumphs and interrogates our faults. A useful antidote to those pushing culture wars, Empireland should be read with an open mind by all of us educated in this country -- as we have only really ever had a limited perspective of what it means to be British and the impact of the British Empire. I only wish this book has been around when I was at school

    Sadiq Khan
  • 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
  • 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

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