The Shadow of a Nation

The Shadow of a Nation : How Celebrity Destroyed Britain

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'The argument of Nick Clarke's challenging book is a disturbing one. He says we are no longer the tough, realistic people who were content with small pleasures, spent little and cheerfully survived the Blitz, the World War and the belt-tightening rationing of the post-war Labour government. Instead of that, we have become the victims of dream merchants. We live life second-hand' John Mortimer, Daily Mail In a society obsessed with shallow celebrity and our 'fifteen minutes' of fame, have we lost sight of real values? In this controversial and eye-opening book, Nick Clarke uses the lives of six celebrities to show how the media has infiltrated our national psyche. Once a proud nation, we now seem to prefer docu-soaps and fly-on-the-wall dramas to real political and social involvement. So what does this bode for the future of our nation?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0753817640
  • 9780753817643
  • 2,121,548

About Nick Clarke

After three years with the Yorkshire Post, Nick Clarke joined the BBC TV News in Manchester in 1973. He spent five years on The Money Programme, three years on Newsnight and has been a presenter with BBC Radio 4 since 1989, initially with The World This Weekend, moving in 1994 to The World at One. He also presents Radio 4's Round Britain quiz and is a regular guest panellist on The News more

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'a warm and witty writer, full of bright ideas and personal footnotes.' -- Catherine Shoard THE EVENING STANDARD 'witty, reflective and incisive.' THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Clarke's is a witty, bright book, full of personal footnotes.' THE SCOTSMANshow more

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