The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain
by Ian Jack
In this selection from over twenty years of reporting and writing, Ian Jack takes us to a place of which there are now only memories and ruins—the Great Britain that gave us the Industrial Revolution, a nation that led the world in feats of engineering, a Britain of empire, a place of vital cities, each with their own unique identity, and a country whose residual presence...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Random House UK
(first published 2009)
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A series of essays and newspaper columns by a British columnist examining life in Britain and in the subcontinent (former British colonies). I was underwhelmed in large sections as the issues being delved into didn't seem to merit the level of attention. That being said, some of the larger themes of the decline of the industrial revolution in northern Britain and the end of the culture there (for better or for worse), as well as some of the stories of his family's trip along that arc, were worth...more
Ian Jack is a Scottish journalist who was the editor of the literary magazine Granta from 1995 to 2007.More about Ian Jack...