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Fiction & Nonfiction to Understand Brexit

As the UK gears up to leave the EU, you may find it hard to keep up with all the changes and possible repercussions in the months ahead! Get lost in a good book that may clear up some of the confusion concerning Brexit. Discover nonfiction reads to stay up to date and fiction books to understand what people may be feeling across the pond.

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    Autumn

    by Ali Smith

    Two old friends—Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984—look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet.
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    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture

    The Cockroach

    by Ian McEwan

    A brilliant, of-the-moment political satire like no other: here is Ian McEwan’s Brexit-era take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, centered on a cockroach transformed into the prime minister of England.
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    The Cockroach Book Cover Picture

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    Dreams of Leaving and Remaining

    by James Meek

    In Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, Meek meets farmers and fishermen intent on exiting the EU despite the loss of protections they will incur. He reports on a Cadbury’s factory shut down and moved to Poland in the name of free market economics, exploring the impact on the local community left behind. Dreams of Leaving and Remaining is urgent reporting from one of Britain’s finest journalists.
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    Middle England Book Cover Picture

    Middle England

    by Jonathan Coe

    Beginning nine years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by chain retail, and London, where both frenzied riots and Olympic fever plague the streets, Middle England tracks a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through the transformation of their society. Through all these lives we see this very tentatively united kingdom itself: a place of nostalgia and delusion, bewilderment and barely suppressed rage.
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    Middle England Book Cover Picture

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    The Condition of the Working Class in England Book Cover Picture

    The Condition of the Working Class in England

    by Friedrich Engels

    Written when Engels was only twenty-four, and inspired in particular by his time living among the poor in Manchester, this forceful polemic explores the staggering human cost of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.
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    The Road to Unfreedom Book Cover Picture

    The Road to Unfreedom

    by Timothy Snyder

    In the last six years, authoritarianism has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy.
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    The Global Age

    by Ian Kershaw

    In this remarkable book, Ian Kershaw has created a grand panorama of the world we live in and where it came from. Drawing on examples from all across Europe, The Global Age is an endlessly fascinating portrait of the recent past and present, and a cautious look into our future.
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    The Parliament of Man

    by Paul Kennedy

    The Parliament of Man is the first definitive history of the United Nations, from one of America’s greatest living historians. Distinguished scholar Paul Kennedy, author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, gives us a thorough and timely account that explains the UN’s roots and functions while also casting an objective eye on its effectiveness and its prospects for success in meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
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