‘A deeply sensitive and engaging portrait of a misunderstood county and its people’ Financial Times, ‘Books to Read in 2023”Celebrates the rich history and legacy of Essex’ Daily Mail’If you are interested in this remarkable microcosm of England, the book will grip you; if you aren’t, it will make you realise that you jolly well should be.’ Simon Heffer, SpectatorEssex.
A county both famous and infamous: the stuff of tabloid headlines and reality television, consumer culture and right-wing politicians.
England’s dark id. But beyond the sensationalist headlines lies a strange and secret place with a rich history: of smugglers and private islands, artists and radicals, myths and legends.
It’s where the Peasants’ Revolt began and the Empire Windrush docked. And – from political movements like Brexit to cultural events like TOWIE – where Essex leads, the rest of us often follow.
Deeply researched and thoroughly engaging, The Invention of Essex shows that there is more to this fabled English county than meets the eye.