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The Road to Somewhere

The New Tribes Shaping British Politics
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart, read by Simon Bubb.

Many Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely experiencing the same feeling that many British people have felt every day for years. Fifty years ago, people in leafy North London and people in working-class Northern towns could vote for a Labour party that broadly encompassed all of their interests. Today their priorities are poles apart.

In this groundbreaking and timely book, Goodhart shows us how people have come to be divided into two camps: the 'Anywheres', who have 'achieved' identities, derived from their careers and education, and the 'Somewheres', who get their identity from a sense of place and from the people around them, and who feel a sense of loss due to mass immigration and rapid social change.

In a world increasingly divided by Brexit and Trump, Goodhart shows how Anywheres must come to understand and respect Somewhere values to stand a fighting chance against the rise of populism.

©2017 David Goodhart (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Mormon8r
  • 03-08-18

Fantastic and insightful book

A brilliant book which gets the the heart of Britain's most serious political divides. Emphasises the vital importance of culture and identity for the silent majority.

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  • G. M. Page
  • 08-28-19

Excellent analysis of a split UK society

This is one of the most intelligent, well researched and accessible books on the great divide in the UK brought into focus by the Brexit referendum.

It respectfully explodes the myth that those voting to leave the EU are racist and xenophobes, while explaining why those wishing to remain in the EU struggle to see or understand those who do not agree with them.

Most impressive is the author’s grasp and understanding of social psychology which has been ignored by those in power at their peril.

This is a must read for anyone truly wishing to understand the UK’s direction of travel.

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  • Colin
  • 08-02-19

Very insightful

This sums up the current national populist movement seen in America and the EU. For a long time I've been trying to figure out why this is happening and this explains the concerns the somewhere's have. I think any remainer should listen to this who is interested in building bridges.
If you liked this book I can recommend any book by Jonathan Haidt or Yuval Harari.

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  • Stevie
  • 01-15-19

Every Brexit Remainer should read this

This is the only book that I started to listen to again immediately after finishing. I bought the paperback to refer back to. David Goodhart has written a book that captures a considerable slice of the discontent of ordinary people. Well done that man!

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  • Luca Nicotra
  • 06-17-18

Today's actual fault line

A persuasive case for why the left-right divide is no longer the most relevant conceptual tool to makes sense of contemporary developments, such as Brexit and Trump; and the somewhere-anywhere divide is a much more useful conceptual tool to understand today's world.

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  • Robert
  • 05-20-18

Informative and Plausible

Time for us “nowheres” to take note of the “somewheres”. Not only sound analysis but sensible sounding solutions.

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  • James Hargrave
  • 05-10-18

Very approachable analysis

A very engaging and approachable analysis of Britain's dividing society. His anywhere and somewhere narrative, though just labels, are a helpful way of framing societal/political trends.

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  • Mr
  • 05-06-18

Required reading, if not listening!

A fascinating, stimulating and well told tale. Unfortunately, for me, the plethora of statistics, particularly early in the book, do not transfer well to the listening/audible, vice the reading/visible, environment. So much so that I was close to giving up in the early chapters - I’m glad I didn’t!

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  • John Doherty
  • 03-28-18

On the money

A thoughtful well presented argument on where we are as a nation. Ends with lots of policy ideas to take forward.

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  • Samedi
  • 01-29-18

Common sense can be so surprising

A nuanced and humane exploration of British and global politics. A common sense approach backed up by revealing insights and statistics.