Gavin Esler‘s new book How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations is available to pre-order for a 4th February 2021 release. Available in paperback and on Kindle from Bookshop.org, Amazon, How Britain Ends is a thoughtful, articulate and important book about the rise of English nationalism and the impending breakup of the United Kingdom from one of the finest BBC journalists of the last twenty years.
How Britain Ends is a book about history, but also about the strange, complicated identity of Britishness. In the past, it was possible to live with delightful confusion: one could be English, or British, Scottish or Irish and a citizen/subject of the United Kingdom (or Great Britain). For years that state has been what Gavin Esler calls a ‘secret federation’, but without the explicit federal arrangements that allow Germany or the USA to survive.
Now the archaic state, which doesn’t have a written constitution, is coming under terrible strain. The English revolt against Europe is also a revolt against the awkward squads of the Scottish and Irish, and most English conservatives would be happy to get rid of Northern Ireland and Scotland as the price of getting Brexit done. If no productive trade deal with the EU can be agreed, the pressures to declare Scottish independence and to push for a border poll that would unite Ireland will be irresistible.
Can England and Wales find a way of dealing with the state’s new place in the world? What constitutional, federal arrangements might prevent the disintegration of the British state, which has survived in its present form for 400 years?
Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist, author of five novels (Loyalties, Deep Blue, The Blood Brother, A Scandalous Man and Power Play) and four non-fictions books (The United States of Anger, Lessons from the Top, Brexit Without The Bullshit and How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations). Gavin is the voice of the brand new Podcast series The Big Steal about the story of the world’s most successful criminal – Vladimir Putin. Gavin is known for his presenting work at the BBC, currently he is also a columnist for The National, an English language newspaper based in the UAE with a worldwide circulation.