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The well-known journalist and television presenter Gavin Esler has produced a thoughtful and important book about the rise of English nationalism and what he sees as the impending breakup of the United Kingdom. How Britain Ends is a book about history, but also about the strange, complicated identity of Britishness. In the past, it was possible to live with delightful confusion: one could be English, or British, Scottish or Irish and a citizen/subject of the United Kingdom (or Great Britain). For years that state has been what Gavin Esler calls a ‘secret federation’, but without the explicit federal arrangements that allow Germany or the USA to survive. With major stresses and strains having shown themselves in recent years, Esler asks what constitutional or federal arrangements might prevent the disintegration of the British state, which has survived in its present form for 400 years?
Gavin Esler is journalist, television presenter and author. He was a main presenter of the BBC current affairs show Newsnight for 12 years until 2014. Since 2014 he has been a public speaker, a political commentator and journalist, and the Chancellor of the University of Kent.
On booking an online ticket via the Petworth Festival’s third-party booking site Ticketsolve (https://petworthfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows), you will be sent a link in your confirmation email which will take you to the online event. Events may either be watched ‘live’, as they happen, or from 24 hours after the event time in the brochure. Please note, it is not possible to pause or rewind events being watched live. Tickets are valid for one viewing only, either of the live streamed event or the recording. Events will be available to view online via the website until midnight on Sunday 28 November. Online viewing tickets may be purchased until this date.
**FESTIVAL ONLINE PASS
All online events £45. The full Festival Online Pass is like a season ticket and can only be used by the holder. The full Festival Pass holder will receive a link which will take them to a page where they can view each individual online event once (either ‘live’ or recorded).