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1997: The Future that Never Happened Hardcover – November 15, 2017

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“Sayeed brings a sympathetic eye, attention to detail, a knack for evoking scenes, and acute thumbnail sketches of characters. The story he tells, though lacking any theoretical ostentation, is deceptively sophisticated, and sometimes lethal in its critique . . . . And above all it’s clear that he is absolutely fascinated with his subject, and that is exactly why he succeeds in bringing to vivid, palpable life the unlived lives, the missed encounters, and the botched chances of that decisive year.”
, Jacobin

“Sayeed captures neatly how Blair’s drive to modernize the UK left behind large sections of the country, most notably working class people. The events of 1997 might not have directly unleashed Brexit, but they have played a role in shaping the country’s current predicament.”
, Prospect

“A beautifully written, brilliantly insightful account of New Labour’s Britain—and fundamental to our understanding of how this country ended up in this mess.”
-- Owen Jones, columnist

“A dazzling, funny, and impressively detailed analysis of one of the most important years in modern British history. Both nostalgic and deeply critical, this book casts 1997 in an entirely new light and is vital for anybody hoping to understand how a once-triumphant and optimistic nation became so polarised, and its politics so volatile.”
-- Ellie Mae O'Hagan, openDemocracy

“Richard Power Sayeed has vividly reprised the year 1997, when radical currents flowed into the mainstream, and the authorities ‘welcomed moderate reforms with satisfied contentment.’ Such promise—but what did it deliver?”
-- Andy McSmith, author of No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s

“A vital book that combines great storytelling with fresh insights, and says as much about the present as the recent past.”
-- Alwyn W. Turner, author of A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s

“Sayeed has vividly reprised the year 1997, when radical currents flowed into the mainstream, and the authorities ‘welcomed moderate reforms with satisfied contentment.’ Such promise—but what did it deliver?”
-- Andy McSmith, author of No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s

About the Author

Richard Power Sayeed is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

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