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The best books of 2021, chosen by Bernardine Evaristo

Written by Bernardine Evaristo for The Observer on Sunday, December 5, 2021

I have been deeply impressed by recent books that invite us to reconsider aspects of British and global history, culture and identity beyond the often distorted, dishonest and pumped-up myth-making that has long prevailed. History is an interpretation of the past and these three books, each one powerfully persuasive and offering new ways of seeing, are in conversation with each other. Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain (Penguin) by Sathnam Sanghera, The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World (Allen Lane) by Kehinde Andrews and Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England’s Colonial Connections (Peepal Tree Press) by Corinne Fowler.

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