The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain: Writings 1989-2009
by Ian Jack
In this selection from over twenty years of reporting and writing, Ian Jack sets out to deal with contemporary Britain — national disasters, football matches, obesity, “chavs” but is drawn back in time to a nation, once great, of which there are now only memories and ruins.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 19th 2009 by Jonathan Cape
(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...