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  • All in It Together

  • England in the Early 21st Century
  • By: Alwyn Turner
  • Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

The headlines may be all COVID now; as a few short months ago, they were all Brexit, but breakdown of the UK's political sphere has been a long time coming and it is a symptom of a much deeper malaise. We seem to have lost our faith in all our social institutions, from parliament and the press to banking and religion. It is this wider disillusionment that All in It Together, a cultural, political and social history of Britain from 2000 to 2015, explains.

But this is no po-faced recounting of the last two decades. Drawing on both high politics and low culture, Alwyn Turner takes us from Downing Street to Benefits Street as he tells the defining story of contemporary Britain. The book takes in key issues such as immigration and the Scottish independence referendum, but also finds room for grime, Grindr and the smoking ban. Brilliantly researched, intellectually stimulating and hugely entertaining, All in It Together will be required listening for years to come.

©2021 Alwyn Turner (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Modern history but nothing new.

There is nothing here that anyone who has shown an interest in this type of thing and who has a reasonable short term memory won't know. Having said that, I have an interest in this type of thing and a reasonable short term memory and I enjoyed it, well enough. Good for news junkies.

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Witty, speedy contemporary histry

This was a witty, occasionally acerbic, often thoughtful book that covered the major themes and developments of very recent Britain history. I hope the publisher thinks about producing audiobooks of Turner's earlier histories of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

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Two stars for the work put in.

If I'd wanted a hagiography of Nigel Farage, I'd have sought one out. Disappointing.