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Exotic England: the Making of a Curious Nation

By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Portobello Books, £20, 336 pages, hardback

What does it mean to be English? And how would the answer have di ered 100 years ago? ese are big questions, but Alibhai-Brown delves into them with grace and warmth. She traces how trade shaped the nation socially and physically, how society has been enriched and challenged by the idea of ‘otherness’, and how people from a range of backgrounds have experienced this story. You may not agree with her views – these are political questions, after all – but this is an important, nuanced exploration.

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