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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart, read by Simon Bubb.

Many Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely experiencing the same feeling that many British people have felt every day for years. Fifty years ago, people in leafy North London and people in working-class Northern towns could vote for a Labour party that broadly encompassed all of their interests. Today their priorities are poles apart.

In this groundbreaking and timely book, Goodhart shows us how people have come to be divided into two camps: the 'Anywheres', who have 'achieved' identities, derived from their careers and education, and the 'Somewheres', who get their identity from a sense of place and from the people around them, and who feel a sense of loss due to mass immigration and rapid social change.

In a world increasingly divided by Brexit and Trump, Goodhart shows how Anywheres must come to understand and respect Somewhere values to stand a fighting chance against the rise of populism.

©2017 David Goodhart (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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Fantastic and insightful book

A brilliant book which gets the the heart of Britain's most serious political divides. Emphasises the vital importance of culture and identity for the silent majority.

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Today's actual fault line

A persuasive case for why the left-right divide is no longer the most relevant conceptual tool to makes sense of contemporary developments, such as Brexit and Trump; and the somewhere-anywhere divide is a much more useful conceptual tool to understand today's world.

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Informative and Plausible

Time for us “nowheres” to take note of the “somewheres”. Not only sound analysis but sensible sounding solutions.

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Very approachable analysis

A very engaging and approachable analysis of Britain's dividing society. His anywhere and somewhere narrative, though just labels, are a helpful way of framing societal/political trends.

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Required reading, if not listening!

A fascinating, stimulating and well told tale. Unfortunately, for me, the plethora of statistics, particularly early in the book, do not transfer well to the listening/audible, vice the reading/visible, environment. So much so that I was close to giving up in the early chapters - I’m glad I didn’t!

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On the money

A thoughtful well presented argument on where we are as a nation. Ends with lots of policy ideas to take forward.

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Common sense can be so surprising

A nuanced and humane exploration of British and global politics. A common sense approach backed up by revealing insights and statistics.

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Most insightful thing I've read in a while

Very revealing and balanced analysis of human preferences and cleavages underlying the current political upheaval

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Essential reading

Erudite explanation of the divisions in our society. Essential reading for both sides of the divide.

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wishful thinking

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the whole idea

Has The Road to Somewhere put you off other books in this genre?

yes

Which character – as performed by Simon Bubb – was your favourite?

non

Could you see The Road to Somewhere being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

nobody

Any additional comments?

more neoliberal rubbish from somebody not in the real world this person needs to come out of the bubble meet real people

1 of 10 people found this review helpful