by J.D. Taylor - £8.99 Watkins Media (Repeater Books) (2016)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781910924204 | ISBN 10: 1910924202
What is life like on this island? With a tent and a rusty bike, J.D. Taylor set off to find out.
No other subject has spilt so much ink as Britain today. But whilst assuming a monopoly on national identity, a London-based elite has proven a poor forecaster of the political weather around the island.
Skeptical and inquisitive, Taylor instead cycled all round Britain, interviewing and staying with strangers from all walks of life. Without a map and travelling with the most basic of gear, the journey revels in serendipity and schadenfreude.
Island Story weaves histories, experiences and ideas to tell another kind of story: one of rebellion and retail parks, migration and inertia, pessimism and disappearing ways of life, and a fiery, unrealized desire for collective belonging and power.
Think you know the island? Island Story will have you think again.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2016)
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