27th March: 8.00pm
Gavin Esler on ‘How Britain Ends’
Gavin Esler talking about his latest book – How Britain Ends – and what, if anything, it means to be ‘British’ in the 21st Century.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has reinvented itself every century since its foundation in the Union of the Scottish & English Crowns in 1603. Each subsequent re-invention – 1707, 1801, 1922 – came about after a crisis or under threat of war, or both. But what does being British mean in the 21st Century? What are the stresses of competing nationalisms, including English nationalism, pulling the UK apart? Author and broadcaster Gavin Esler discusses his latest book How Britain Ends.
Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and four non-fiction books, most recently How Britain Ends – English Nationalism and the Re-birth of Four Nations. It’s a forensic examination of the way in which resurgent English nationalism is pulling the United Kingdom apart. It follows Lessons from the Top, a study of how leaders tell stories to make other people follow them, based on personal encounters with a wide variety of leaders, from Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel to Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, and even cultural leaders such as Dolly Parton.
Reviewers have been full of praise for Esler’s fiction and story-telling abilities. The writer Bernard Cornwell said his novels are “made luminous with wisdom, sympathy and storytelling.” The Guardian commented that Esler’s fiction displays “undoubted sympathy for the human condition and a burning anger, a genuine lyricism, a quick sensitivity and a real understanding of other people.” The Financial Times said Esler’s stories of people in power and the compromises they are forced to make, shows that he “understands the political beast better than anyone.”
This event will be introduced and chaired by Alan Meban and will include an audience Q&A.