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Together: How Small Groups Achieve Big Things [Hardcover]

Henry Hemming
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3 Mar 2011

Together is about the extraordinary revival of small groups in Britain today.

What happens when a room full of people decide to work towards the same dream? Why is it that when we come together in small groups we are so much more than the sum of our parts?

From druids to bingo-clubbers, eco-warriors to flash-mobbers, historical re-enactors to bee-keepers, books groups and knitting circles, W.I.s, Young Farmers and the fan-owners of a football club, Together reveals the true story of modern Britain. The country we live in is in fact an extraordinary composition of small groups powered by shared interests and common ideals. Hemming reveals a different way of seeing society, one that recognizes the massive, untapped potential of these hundreds of thousands of small groups, how they work and what they enable us to do that we can't do alone.

Witty and provocative, Together gives us an extraordinary cast of characters, a series of unlikely alliances and most importantly, a vision of what we can achieve Together.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First Edition edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848540558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848540552
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Henry Hemming is the author of 'Misadventure in the Middle East', 'In Search of the English Eccentric', 'Together' and most recently 'Churchill's Iceman: The True Story of Geoffrey Pyke: Genius, Fugitive, Spy'. For more, see

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A labour of love by an author enthralled by the societies and their members . . . highly agreeable book . . . cheering thesis


A wonderful counterblast to the idea that we are becoming ever more lonely. Provocative and well-researched, Together offers a fascinating and very different way of seeing society today

(Simon Jenkins)

A very valuable book, lively, instructive, original and full of interesting detail

(Theodore Zeldin)

Henry Hemming is an inspirational writer

(Liverpool Daily Post)

A non-political manifesto for Big Society

(Lord Wei)

In likeable tones, with whimsical historical details and a range of philosophical and sociological references, Hemming tells numerous stories about the power of clubbing together, from the birth of the fans' football club FC United to "the creation of a new druid order" (no one knew who they were, or what they were doing), book groups, beekeepers' associations and the like


'Convincingly tears apart some "loneliness" statistics'


'Provocative and timely book'

(Daily Mail)

Book Description

From druids to flash-mobbers, historical re-enactors to super-fans, Henry Hemming uncovers the extraordinary groups powering modern Britain

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Jezza
Lots of references to other literature, which I always like in a popular science book - and some reasoned sensible critiques of some of the influential books in the area, including the 'broken Britain' stuff. Sort of three books in one - lots of anecdotal descriptive stuff about how many groups there are and how they work (which felt less than essential), a rather better account of what theorists say about groups, and a critique of New Labour ideas about 'community' which was very good and well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it Together 18 July 2011
This is an extremely enjoyable book, well written and handled with considerable sensitivity. In a time of national doom and gloom, this is a splendid antidote and the passion and the sheer variety of the organisations who contributed comes shining through. It makes you proud to be British!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Associations in the UK 19 Oct 2012
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The book contains a through investigation about the history and diversity of associations in the UK, as well as psychological and social factors that are important to understand the behaviour of the individual as a social being
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