TOM NAIRN's many books include The Break-up of Britain, Faces of Nationalism and After Britain. He writes for, among others, New Left Review and the London Review of Books.
"Dazzling, cliche-nailing - The first serious study for more than a hundred years to take a coldly analytical look at this most emotion-charged part of our heritage, it reflects a growing sense of the peculiarity of it all." Observer. "A long and brilliant meditation on the nature of the British state, its identity and national culture... one of the most powerful and original pieces of writing I have ever read on the subject." London Review of Books.