BiblioreccsEmpireland by Sathnam Sanghera

Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera

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We are delighted and honoured to have the effortlessly glamorous @deborah_josephthe trailblazing editor at @glamouruk recommending a non-fiction new release, EmpireLand by @sathnamsanghera As much as she is a role model for working mums, she has inspired and led the way with incredible campaigns like the Self Love covers in January, which had tremendous impact, raising issues like hidden disabilities and skin activism. Deborah’s innate style and leadership has made @glamouruk the magazine to be seen with.

“I’ve always been a fiction-girl, paper, not kindle. I like the crunch of pages turning, the smell of ink. I long to be transported from my daily tech life, into fantasy, into the detail of other people’s non-real lives, into prose that pirouette off the page. Until lockdown happened with its daily 10k steps, and closed swimming pools and Black Lives Matter protests and the urgent need to educate myself. Instead of fiction, I became absorbed in historical podcasts and audio books – on the history of Black slavery (1619) the history of Iran (The Fall of the Shah), Jews Don’t Count (David Baddiel)… and now, EmpireLand: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain. 

This book has engrossed and enthralled me, @sathnamsangherawork is a shocking, lucid, evocative, accessible, sardonic analysis of history, detailed and bloody anecdotes of the British treatment of Indians, Tibetans, Tazmanians and more… and how that has shaped who we are – who I am – in Britain today, lingers for days.  I can’t wait to go for a walk to listen to the next chapter.  It has made me relook at my whole life – from my understanding of racism, to my lifelong wish to live abroad, to my belief that the British education system is ‘the best in the world’ to our language that everything we do is the superior eg our ‘world-beating vaccine,’ to the huge historical and cultural gaps in my knowledge. Why were we never taught this at school?

I’ve devoured it,  replayed it, taken notes. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thanks @therealnihal for the great recommendation”.

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