About this book
Based on a 15-part BBC Radio 4 series, this examines what has held the UK together, and what is driving it apart, in a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence. From the author of "Britons: The Forging Of The Nation 1707-1837".
In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, the author analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far and why it has faded. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and their limitations, while scrutinizing England's own fractures.