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New Model Island: How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England

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In the early twenty-first century, 'Englishness' suddenly became a hot topic. A rash of art exhibitions, pop albums and coffee table books arrived on the scene, all desperate to recover England's lost national soul. But when we sweep away the patriotic stereotypes, we begin to see that England is a country that does not and perhaps should not exist in any essential sense.

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Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Repeater Books (first published November 12th 2010)
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Adam Becket
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bit bittersweet post-2019 election
Differengenera
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
i wrote a review of this, i think niven fatally misreads ireland (and as the reuslts of the election revealed, the north too) https://analoguehumanist.wordpress.co...
Alice Lambert
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, especially the touching memoir elements and the creative geographic reimagining of the islands. However I found the lack of even a passing mention of climate change really strange and increasingly frustrating as the book went on. Given that the book presents a future vision of the country set within the current context of Brexit, Trump, crises of late-capitalism etc how can you not consider the huge social, political and geographic upheaval that will result from imminent ...more
Gareth
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting and convincing cultural case for regional devolution but it really needed to have a more detailed plan at the end for how the region's would work and how it would be sold as a political priority to voters.

That said, it is one of the few books on this subject, and hopefully if its intention was to spark a debate, it will succeed.
James Bellorini
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An oddly liberating book looking to the future that has, sadly, been already undermined by the tide of English history in 2019. However there are some very intriguing ideas at the heart of this book which takes a renewed look at what England means as nation, culture and myth and attempts to provide a new, invigorated proposition for what it could become.
WM Hall
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting but unfulfilling - is actually more interesting when the author writes personally, because the 'theoretical' points are half-baked and speculative.
Ian
Dec 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thankfully England still exists and more of us now identify ourselves as English rather than British.
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Alex Niven is an English writer, poet, editor, and former musician.

Niven was a founding member of the indie band Everything Everything, with friends from Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Northumberland. He played guitar with the band between 2007 and 2009 before leaving to study for a doctorate at St John's College, Oxford and pursue a writing career.

Niven's first work of criticism, Folk
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