‘The shelves are currently overflowing with morbid and trivial pronouncements about Englishness. Kevin Davey’s book is a different cup of tea altogether. If we are to move through this protracted crisis of national identity and towards a plausible, plural and emphatically POST-colonial sense of what it means to belong to this nation, then his creative and original insights will be indispensable.
With this book the debate about Englishness grows up. In his profound and engaging meditation Kevin Davey puts to shame most of the recent spate of essays on this fashionable theme.
‘Kevin Davey’s remarkable blend of history, criticism and politics, ranging across literature, music, art, fashion, biography and cultural theory, is one of the most stimulating contributions to that new questioning. It is certainly among the most original. It deserves to be, and surely will be, one of the most influential.
‘An original and incisive analysis of the peculiarities of the English, offering a variety of new perspectives on both the pasts and possible futures of Anglo-Britishness.