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The Invention of Essex by Tim Burrows
The Invention of Essex is published by Profile Books in paperback at £10.99.

Tim Burrows

The Invention of Essex

The Making of an English County

Shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Award 2023

Essex. A county both famous and infamous: the stuff of tabloid headlines and reality television, consumer culture and right-wing politicians.

England’s dark id. But beyond the sensationalist headlines lies a strange and secret place with a rich history: of smugglers and private islands, artists and radicals, myths and legends. It’s where the Peasants’ Revolt began and the Empire Windrush docked.

And – from political movements like Brexit to cultural events like TOWIE – where Essex leads, the rest of us often follow. Deeply researched and thoroughly engaging, The Invention of Essex shows that there is more to this fabled English county than meets the eye.

“Exceptionally well-written and intelligent… if you are interested in this remarkable microcosm of England, the book will grip you; if you aren’t, it will make you realise that you jolly well should be.” — Simon Heffer, The Spectator.

“A deeply sensitive and engaging portrait of a misunderstood county and its people.” — Financial Times.

“A stellar performance.” — Jonathan Meades.






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