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The Invention of Essex : The Making of an English County

The Invention of Essex : The Making of an English County by Tim Burrows

Author: Tim Burrows

£10.99

Availability: 1 in stock (can be backordered)

Format:Paperback

Page Count:336

Date Published:15 Feb 2024

ISBN:9781788166775

Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE EAST ANGLIAN BOOK AWARD 2023

Essex.

A county both famous and infamous: the stuff of tabloid headlines and reality television, consumer culture and right-wing politicians.

England’s dark id. But beyond the sensationalist headlines lies a strange and secret place with a rich history: of smugglers and private islands, artists and radicals, myths and legends. It’s where the Peasants’ Revolt began and the Empire Windrush docked.

And – from political movements like Brexit to cultural events like TOWIE – where Essex leads, the rest of us often follow. Deeply researched and thoroughly engaging, The Invention of Essex shows that there is more to this fabled English county than meets the eye.

‘Exceptionally well-written and intelligent … if you are interested in this remarkable microcosm of England, the book will grip you; if you aren’t, it will make you realise that you jolly well should be.’ Simon Heffer, Spectator

‘A deeply sensitive and engaging portrait of a misunderstood county and its people’ Financial Times

‘A stellar performance’ Jonathan Meades

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