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The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness

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    Robert Winder(Author)

It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder's brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.

In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.

Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets - the story is studded with these and other English things.

And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.

Spirited, provocative, wise, hugely entertaining (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)Winder, who in 2004 wrote a compelling book about immigration called Bloody Foreigners, expertly navigates his subject without mentioning Brexit. Yet it has a pertinent lesson for some of the more excitable Brexiteers-we have never been an island nation (Prospect)

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  • PDF | 480 pages
  • Robert Winder(Author)
  • Little, Brown (3 Aug. 2017)
  • English
  • 3
  • History
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  • By Kerry Waitt on 15 September 2017

    An original and engaging discourse on what made the English. A history of Britain seen through the prism of wool water & wheat. Historical nuggets intertwined with language and expressions rooted in our heritage. No wonder it is said that the English invented History.

  • By John Colston on 17 September 2017

    Thorough;y enjoyable on every page. Really first class writing.

  • By David Matthews on 5 September 2017

    Very interesting and informative of the period

  • By ash on 1 September 2017

    Great

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