Michael Taylor

The Interest
  • The Interest

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

    A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR


    For two hundred years, the abolition of slavery in Britain has been a cause for self-congratulation - but no longer.

    In 1807, Parliament outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire. But for the next 25 years more than 700,000 people remained enslaved, due to the immensely powerful pro-slavery group the 'West India Interest'.

    This ground-breaking history discloses the extent to which the 'Interest' were supported by nearly every figure of the British establishment - fighting, not to abolish slavery, but to maintain it for profit. Gripping and unflinching, The Interest is the long-overdue exposé of one of Britain's darkest, most turbulent times.

    'A critical piece of history and a devastating exposé' Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire

    'Thoroughly researched and potent' David Lammy MP

    'Essential reading' Simon Sebag Montefiore

Michael Taylor is a historian of the British Empire and the British Isles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He graduated with a double first in history from the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD - and also won University Challenge. He has since been Lecturer in Modern British History at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies.

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