Books by Patrick Wright:

On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain

With drawings by Andrzej Krauze
Published by Verso, 1985 (hardback and paperback)
Second impression (paperback only): 1991
Patrick Wright: On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain

About this book

My first book consists of eight loosely connected essays written over a four year period, and concerned with the presence of the English past and its political implications in Britain during the first years of Margaret Thatcher’s government.  It draws, quite heavily in places, on the work of the Hungarian émigré philosopher Agnes Heller, and is illustrated with drawings by Andrzej Krauze, who had recently arrived in London from Poland. Over the following years, it would be much cited in arguments about ‘the heritage industry’.

A new paperback edition, with extra material and an introduction reflecting on the development of ‘heritage’ over the two decades since 1985, is published by Oxford University Press on 26 February 2009. Read details and also the new introduction, ‘Heritage and the Place of Criticism’, here»

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