• "An exploration of a nation in distress, touching on many of the key fractures that have opened in British society [and] the energy and vision of activists seeking to build something different … skilfully compiled through the first-hand stories of the protagonists … told with great sensitivity and empathy … deeply moving … [George Packer’s] The Unwinding is the closest comparison. Shenker is an excellent guide and an elegant writer … urgent' WILLIAM DAVIES, Guardian"

    William Davies, Guardian
  • "Jack Shenker’s elegantly written book not only describes how the calamity of Britain today was long in the making, it outlines a future about which one can reasonably feel hope" PANKAJ MISHRA"

    Pankaj Mishra
  • "The deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language"

    Paul Mason on The Egyptians