This book offers a rousing and inclusive call to arms for anyone who would identify themselves as "English" against the forces of globalisation.We see the signs around us every day: the chain cafes and mobile phone outlets that dominate our high streets; the disappearance of knobbly carrots from our supermarket shelves; and the headlines about yet another traditional industry going to the wall. For the first time, here is a book that makes the connection between these isolated, incremental, local changes and the bigger picture of a nation whose identity is being eroded. As he travels around the country meeting farmers, fishermen, and the inhabitants of Chinatown, Paul Kingsnorth will refract the kind of conversations that are taking place in country pubs and corner shops across the land - while reminding us that these quintessentially English institutions may soon cease to exist.
Looking back on my work over the last fifteen years or so, I think that my writing is primarily about two things: connection and loss.
The connections are those between people and places, people and power, people and nature. Here in the West, we have built (or, more likely, accidentally slid into over time) a strange culture of disconnection: increasingly cut off from nature, from our history and provenance, from each other, from the wild reality outside the bubble of our civilisation. We have built a culture of consumer isolation, and I am haunted by the losses which this has brought about. I want to know what has been lost, what is left, what it means.
I have published two books of political non-fiction and one collection of poetry. Two novels sit unpublished and unloved on my hard drive. I am currently finishing a third, which I hope to publish in 2012. I have also written a lot of journalism and far too many blogs, and am co-founder of a literary and cultural movement - the Dark Mountain project (www.dark-mountain.net) - for which I wrote a manifesto and edit an ongoing series of books. More on all of this can be found on my website at: