July 7th, 2011 admin

Art historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank, reviews two new books on England with competing view of the state of the nation in this week’s New Statesman:

Visions of England by Sir Roy Strong.

Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project by Iain Sinclair.

Of Strong’s confession to being “baffled” by the charge that English nationalism is often chauvinistic, Cruickshank writes: “He has no business being baffled about the way English patriots are perceived.” Sinclair’s “view of England and immigration,” Cruickshank goes on, “is a corrective to Strong’s assertion that a rural idyll ‘offers an answer to the present crisis of English identity'”.

You can read an interview with Iain Sinclair about Ghost Milk here.

You can read a review of Roy Strong’s book in the Guardian here.

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