Saturday, 13 August 2016

Of The Day #8 - Book - Island Story

Book of the Day

Island Story
Journeying through unfamiliar Britain
J D Taylor

What is life like on this island? With a tent and a rusty bike, J.D. Taylor set off to find out.

No other subject has spilt so much ink as Britain today. But whilst assuming a monopoly on national identity, a London-based elite has proven a poor forecaster of the political weather around the island.

Sceptical and inquisitive, Taylor instead cycled all round Britain, interviewing and staying with strangers from all walks of life. Without a map and travelling with the most basic of gear, the journey revels in serendipity and schadenfreude.

Island Story weaves histories, experiences and ideas to tell another kind of story: one of rebellion and retail parks, migration and inertia, pessimism and disappearing ways of life, and a fiery, unrealised desire for collective belonging and power.

Think you know the island? Island Story will have you think again.

J D Taylor will be joining us on our site Survey Event this Sunday 14th August, and will lead participants on a tour of a city central disuse space, offering a chance to imagine a different future.

Details of Survey can be found here

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