Another England

Another England

How to Reclaim Our National Story


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Who are the English? Today, the dominant story told about our national history solely serves the interests of the right. The only people who dare speak of 'Englishness' are cheerleaders for isolationism and imperial nostalgia.

But there is another story, equally compelling, about who we are: about the English people's radical inclusivity, their ancient commitment to the natural world, their long struggle to win rights for all. It puts the Chartists and the Levellers in their rightful places alongside Nelson and Churchill. It draws on the medieval writers and Romantic poets who emphasised the sanctity of the environment. And at its heart is England's ancient multicultural heritage, embodied by the Black and Asian writers the curriculum neglects.

Here, Caroline Lucas uses this alternative story to offer a progressive vision of what Englishness is and what it might be. Delving deep into our national history, she explores what England's progressive spirit can teach us about the most pressing issues of our time: whether the fraught legacies of Empire, the benefits of migration, or the accelerating climate emergency. And she sketches out an alternative Englishness: one that progressives can embrace to build a fairer future.

©2024 Caroline Luca (P)2024 Penguin Audio


  • This is not just an inspiring, nuanced and deeply literate book, but that rarest of things – a necessary one.
    JONATHAN COE, author of Bourneville

About the author

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas is the MP for Brighton Pavilion, and the UK’s first Green Party MP. Elected to parliament in 2010, she also served as leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2008 to 2012 and as co-leader from 2016 to 2018. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament for ten years. She holds a PhD in English literature.

It was her passion for the English countryside that first inspired Caroline to think more deeply about the importance of place in our national life, and her love of literature that led her to respond to the rise of the populist Right by examining the more positive, inclusive stories of England and the English explored in this book.
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