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The Atlantic Ocean

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
As he grew up, Andrew O'Hagan witnessed the decline of Britain and the rise of America, the end of British industry and the rise of Blair and the tabloids. This collection of essays tells the story of that period in our cultural and political life. Through the reported essays that first made O'Hagan's name, it's a book filled both with personal story and the power of docum ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Faber & Faber
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essays from both sides of the Ocean

Andrew O’Hagan is from Glasgow but has written extensively about the US and the UK. His essays are extraordinary. He touches on mundane as well as profound current events and the essays date from the early ‘90’s to the present. Best of all he ties his topics to authors and their works.

There’s one called “England’s Flowers”. In it he discusses how English flowers are considered to be. A quote, “The people of that country breathed flowers in their sleep….flowers
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Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy these essays-well-written and thought-provoking but kind of hard work-I had to pace myself and read this around other advice would be give yourself a decent pause after each article to let it sink in before starting the next one.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a superb writer this man is........ And such a truth teller - almost prescient in his wise debate... An example: Taken from the Intro - He is discussing the relationship between the USA and Britain - "We share many things and I have always believed in our Brotherhood, which is why it is sad to see us fall hopelessly together into that element that Scott Fitzgerald knew by heart: an utterly terrible grandness of delusion."
Bear in mind this book of essays was published in 2008!
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Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I first heard of Andrew O’Hagan the way most people probably did, from reading his brilliant profile on Julian Assange which was published in the London Review of Books in February 2014. O’Hagan was contracted as Assange’s ghostwriter for an autobiography which never ended up happening, but it meant he became close to the man in 2011 and 2012, before he went into the Ecuadorian embassy, and the resulting profile is probably one of the best analyses of a living person I’ve ever read. Neither symp ...more
Margaret Sankey
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Solid set of essays by novelist and London Review of Books contributor O'Hagan, ranging from his violent Glaswegian father and pious Catholic Grandmother, a tourist excursion on a sewage sludge boat, E,M. Forster, Hurricane Katrina, the lives of two soldiers--one British, one American--who died on one day in Iraq, the sale of Marilyn Monroe relics at auction, the Israeli greenhouses where Covent Garden flowers come from, EU regulations and small British dairies, Royal weddings and funerals, the ...more
Simon Sweetman
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some excellent, measured, thoughtful and very reasonable personal essays here. I really like O'Hagan's writing. Smart and interesting. Great topics.
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not like the Pacific
Sep 03, 2009 rated it liked it
A good selection of essays and thoughts. Most touching is the essay about begging and about farming. It's a good book to lift off the shelf browse and reflect upon.
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Andrew O'Hagan, FRSL (born 1968) is a Scottish novelist and non-fiction author.

He is the author of the novels Our Fathers, Personality, and Be Near Me, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His work has appeared in the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and The Guardian (U.K.). In 2003, O’Hagan was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. He lives in Lo
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