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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780349115665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349115665
  • ASIN: 0349115664
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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splendidly researched and subtle history OBSERVER a topical, formidable and engaging book which will have - and deserves to have - many readers...a breath of fresh air SUNDAY TIMES Robert Winder's totally absorbing and revelatory book could not be more timely (and) indispensable DAILY MAIL

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Robert Winder was literary editor of the INDEPENDENT for 5 years. He has written two novels.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
A most impressive book, and beautifully written. Winder traces the story of immigrants into Britain - he deals mainly with England - from pre-Celtic times to the present. As the sources become more plentiful, so the book gathers momentum, and by the time he reaches the time of the Huguenot immigrants in the 17th century, it really begins to sparkle. As he moves from one wave of immigrants to the next, the story - until very recent times - is always the same: initially there is some popular resentment, but, often sooner rather than later, they have been accepted, do well and contribute enormously to the economy and quality of life in these islands. Many people will be aware of the variety of immigrants who have come to Britain; but this is a thorough and systematic account, based on a formidable amount of reading.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain Harding on June 9, 2012
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To an expat Englishman undergoing immigration to another country this book is a fascinating perspective.
It is pleasant read and captures your attention.
The layout is done well though more pictures would have been useful.
Having left 23 years ago -the recent update on history provide highly informative
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Miller on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I heard Robert Winder on radio 5 and bought the book immediately. I was not disappointed.

I am a great believer in the truth and nothing but the truth. Or scientific correctness. But this type of history can be boring. Winder is anything but, as he traces all of the myriad strains that made Britain great.

I have to declare an interest. My father's family was German Jewish and came to work in the fur trade in London. My mother's was French Hugenote. Both migrations are described in detail. So perhaps it is all personal.

But it is the humour and the anecdotes that make this book. Who'd have thought that the local Captain Mainwaring in Maldon in Essex was an Indian GP? True! And he was so well thought of, that they named a school after him.

Robert Winder is to be congratulated on turning a difficult subject into one that almost has the pace of a thriller. It certainly has the readability.
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BLOODY FOREIGNERS has an ambitious scope; to tell the story of immigration to Britain from medieval times to the present day. The story is not a pleasant one: what emerges most tangibly from the narrative is the ways in which the imiigrant has been treated as an interloper, a potential 'threat' to established ways of life. Forget the fact that the English as a whole are a composite nation with German, Latin, Saxon, Indian and American roots; they have often seen themselves in essentialist terms as a nation 'standing alone.' This has often proved difficult for immigrants, even those such as the African-Caribbeans, the Indians and (more latterly), those from East Africa, who have been invited in to fill the jobs not filled by native English workers. Sometimes Winder's tale appears to neglect the positive elements; today's Britain is a vibrantly multicultural nation, in which identities are difficult to (re-)construct in binarist or other terms. But nonetheless he should be admired for his efforts in creating such a consistently entertaining piece of work.
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