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Reviews

  • I only wish this book had been around when I was at school

    Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • A fascinating reckoning with a history of empire

    Guardian, Best Politics Books of 2021
  • A balanced and insightful study of the British empire and contemporary attitudes towards it

    The Times, Best Paperbacks of 2021
  • This immensely readable book is very timely. The account by Sanghera, a former FT writer, is simultaneously personal and scholarly. It addresses many of the questions that are now urgent subjects of public debate - such as Britain's role in the slave trade and the connections between empire and multiculturalism

    Gideon Rachmen, Financial Times, Best Books of 2021: Politics
  • An important book and that's not a phrase to use lightly. It's an exposé and a reminder of how conveniently the British have rewritten the past and buried the bones of their shame . . . a necessary, uncomfortable and illuminating read

    Kit de Waal, New Statesman, Books of the Year
  • Robust . . . an illuminating examination of the "toxic cocktail of nostalgia and amnesia" that still hugely influences our life today

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Guardian, Best Books of 2021
  • This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history

    James O'Brien
  • [Empireland] should be on the compulsory reading list of every secondary school in the country

    John Simpson
  • Lucid but never simplistic; entertaining but never frivolous; intensely readable while always mindful of nuance and complexity - Empireland takes a perfectly-judged approach to its contentious but necessary subject

    Jonathan Coe
  • Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera is a salutary reminder of the dark side of our past. I spend my time trying to help resolve armed conflicts from Myanmar to Nigeria that are largely caused by the crass errors of our ancestors. It helps to understand how those came about

    Jonathan Powell, New Statesman, Books of the Year

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