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Empire's Children: Trace Your Family History Across the World (Text only) [Kindle Edition]

Anton Gill
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From the makers of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' comes 'Empire's Children' – a tie-in edition to a six part TV series for Channel 4 – which tells the story of Empire, and follows the personal journeys of six British celebrities as they retrace their steps through their multicultural past.

British society is in every way defined by its Imperial past. It is home to 2.3 million British Asians, 570,000 Caribbeans and 250,000 Chinese. Not to mention Cypriots, Australians and southern Africans. These people represent different cultures and divergent experiences but they all share a common heritage: they are the children (grandchildren, or great grandchildren) of Empire; and their lives have been shaped by that legacy.

In the second part of the 20th century, Britain relinquished control of 64 countries and half a billion subjects. During that period, many thousands of those same former British subjects fled their homes to build new lives here.

What were they hoping to find? Why did they want to come to the very country they'd fought so hard to free themselves from? What kinds of lives were they leaving behind? What was the reality of their new life here? And how was British society itself shaped by their arrival and assimilation here? Real concerns that are very much in forefront of our minds in the multicultural melting pot that Britain is today.

‘Empire’s Children’ seeks to answer these questions by concentrating on the personal and emotive journeys of six chosen celebrities as they retrace the steps which they – or their parents or grandparents – took in order to reach this country for the first time. The stories will cover post colonial histories of Africa, the subcontinent, the West Indies, Australasia, South East Asia and Cyprus. In some cases, they will spend some time in the former colony and experience the motivations as well as the drama of the journey itself.



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About the Author

Anton Gill became a full-time writer in 1984 after a few years working in the theatre, for the Arts Council and for the BBC. He has written a number of books, largely in the field of contemporary history, and is the author of ‘Art Lover’, a highly acclaimed biography of the collector of surreal and abstract art Peggy Guggenheim.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007247141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007247141
  • ASIN: B008CB9GDG
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Antony Cutler is the pseudonym of acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian ANTON GILL. Under his own name he has published a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt, and a history-mystery, The Sacred Scroll. An English Literature graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, he has been a freelance writer since 1984, and has been translated and published worldwide. He has written a wide variety of historical non-fiction, and previously worked in theatre, radio and television. Anton is married to the actress Marji Campi, and divides his time between London and Paris.


ANTON GILL: selected books published since 1984.
(This list covers main books only. It does not include minor stuff, short stories, plays and features.)

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MARTIN ALLEN IS MISSING (study of missing children in London) - Corgi Books, London, 1984 - ISBN 13-digit: 9780552124669

HOW TO BE OXBRIDGE (satirical history of Oxford and Cambridge universities since World War Two) - Grafton Books, London, 1985; Kenkyusha, Tokyo, 1988 - ISBN13: 9780246124326

CROQUET, THE COMPLETE GUIDE (social history of the game of croquet on both sides of the Atlantic) - Heinemann, London, 1986 - ISBN13: 9780434981007

MAD ABOUT THE BOY (biography of pop-singer Boy George) - Century, London, 1987 - ISBN13: 9780712609838

THE JOURNEY BACK FROM HELL (study of post-war lives of survivors of the German concentration camps of World War Two - winner of the H. H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction, 1988) - Grafton, London, 1988 and 1989; Morrow, NYC, 1989; Avon, NYC, 1990; HarperCollins UK, London, 1994; reprinted 1996 and 1998 - ISBN13: 9780586206508

BERLIN TO BUCHAREST (travels in Eastern Europe just before the counter-revolutions there - ie in 1988 and 1989) - Grafton, London, 1990; David and Charles, NYC, 1992; Hollandia, Amsterdam, 1993 - ISBN13: 9780246134851

CITY OF THE HORIZON
CITY OF DREAMS (German VOGUE top five novels, 1997)
CITY OF THE DEAD (top ten bestsellers, fiction, France, 1997)
(three thrillers set in ancient Egypt about the time of the reign of Tutankhamun)
- Bloomsbury, London, 1991-1993; 1994; Eichborn, Frankfurt, 1992-1995; Droemer Knaur, Munich, 1994-1996; de Boekerij, Amsterdam, 1994-1996; 1998; Editions 10/18 - Les grands detectives - Paris, 1994-1996; Plaza y Janes Editores, Barcelona, 1995-1997 and Planeta DeAgostini, Madrid, 1997-2002; Mondadori, Milan, 1995-1997; Alpress, Frydek-Mistek (Czech Republic), 1996-1998; Alien, Athens, 1997-2000 (and continuing as of 2003); repr. USA (Felony & Mayhem) 2006-2008) - ISBN13s: 9780747511934/9780747511764/9780747555555509004

A DANCE BETWEEN FLAMES (a general history of Berlin between the two world wars) - John Murray, London, 1993; Carroll and Graf, NYC, 1994; Abacus, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780719549861

AN HONOURABLE DEFEAT (a history of the German Resistance to Hitler and Nazism, 1933-1945) - Heinemann Mandarin, London, 1994; Henry Holt, NYC, 1994; UK & US pbk 1995 - 9780434292761

RULING PASSIONS (sexuality and the British Empire) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563370918

THE HANGING GALE (novel based on drama serial about the C19 Irish famine) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563371939


CITY OF LIES
CITY OF DESIRE
CITY OF THE SEA
(three further Egyptian thrillers, published between 1997 and 2003 by the mainland European publishers listed above.) ISBNs: N/A

THE DEVIL'S MARINER (a biography of the seventeenth-century explorer and pirate William Dampier) - Michael Joseph, London, 1997 - ISBN13: 9780718141141

THE LAST TALONS OF THE EAGLE (with Gary Hyland; about avant-garde German military aeroplane development in the Second World War) - Headline, London, 1998 - 9780747221561

EXTINCT (with Alex West; natural history book to tie in with Channel 4 TV series of same name) - Channel 4 Books, 2002 - ISBN13: 9780752261621

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM - THE LIFE OF AN ART ADDICT - HarperCollins UK 2001/USA 2002 (as ART LOVER)/ Random House - Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain 2002/Globus Brazil 2004/Poland/S. Korea/Italy/Greece - 2004 +. Paperback editions 2004 + /Hungary 2006; repr. UK 2007 - ISBN13: 9780002570785

THE GREAT ESCAPE (account of the escape of RAF POWs from Stalag-Luft III in 1944) - Headline, 2002; Poland, 2004; paperback 2004

IL GIGANTE (Florence, Michelangelo and the David, 1492 - 1504) - Headline, 2002; St Martin's Press, USA, 2004; also Japan, Korea, Italy, 2004 - 2005 - ISBN13: 9780747235759

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS (history of the land & people, accompanies C4 series) HarperCollins, 2003; paperback UK 2004 - ISBN13: 9780007143993

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - TRACING YOUR FAMILY BACK TO THE TUDORS (accompanies BBC series) HarperCollins, 2006 - ISBN13: 9780007230082

EMPIRE'S CHILDREN (history of the fall of the British Empire, accompanies Channel 4 series) HarperCollins, 2007 - ISBN13: 9780007247141

GATEWAY OF THE GODS (a history of Ancient Mesopotamia) Quercus - UK publ. Nov 2008 - ISBN13: 9781847246691

ASSASSIN'S CREED: RENAISSANCE (writing as Oliver Bowden; ndp) (novel) Penguin Books, UK and worldwide from Nov 2009 (25 in top 50 London, Christmas, 2009) - ISBN13: 9780114106309


THE SLEEP OF REASON (novel - unpublished/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

VAMPIRES OF ROME (novel - work in progress/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

TITANIC: THE REAL STORY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SHIP (non-fiction - accompanies C4 series, Titanic - The Mission) Channel 4 Books/Transworld, October 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

ASSASSIN'S CREED - BROTHERHOOD (by 'Oliver Bowden' as above) Penguin Books, UK & worldwide from Nov 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

THE SACRED SCROLL (novel) Penguin Books, UK 2011 - ISBN: not yet available





London/Paris, 2010



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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish 26 Nov. 2009
By A. Kent
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book expecting it to be a good bit of information on the British Empire but instead it was a total disapointment. The book completly focuses on multiculturalism and isn't really about the empire at all, more on what its non-white people were like and the affects it had on them.
It completly ommits countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and America, instead choosing to focus on India, Africa and the Carribean. This book is SUPPOSED to be about the empire, aren't the Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders the offspring off the empire, its children? Apparently the aurthor of this book thinks not.
I accept multiculturalism and embrace it to an extent but this book has a huge bias towards it and tries to shove multiculturalism down your throat, it almost looks as if it was written by the goverment.
The information in the book is utter rubbish too, and it focusses on trying to get us to feel guilt over the empire.
Don't buy this book and don't read it unless you want to waste your time.
It is total rubbish!
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