• The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-10-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (120 ratings)

Summary

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.
©2008 Peter Hitchens (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Austin on 11-01-15

what can i say ?

i am sympathetic to a lot of Peter Hitchens views, i share his faith am uneasy about the path my country has followed in my life time and i think he makes many valid points.
i would warn anybody not to just dismiss him out of hand..
that said however it sometimes felt like one long grumble by a grumpy bloke...
well it is a grumble !
i would recommend also trying to listen to somebody with an apposing view. maybe trawl the internet to catch Peter in debate?

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David Jones on 21-02-15

Though much is taken, much abides;

This is Peter Hitchens' first book, in which he sets out the framework of his Burkean, Anglican & Conservative view of Britain. It takes the form of a lamentation for the peculiarly English civilisation that spanned the 18th & 19th centuries, and documents the extent to which it was demolished in the 20th. The funerals of Winston Churchill & Diana Spencer are used to bracket the period in which the destruction was most rapid.

There is not a cheerful book, it is clearly not meant to be a balanced account of the postwar period. However, cynicism is tempered with dry wit and it made me laugh in a number of places.

The book seems at least as relevant now as it was when first published. The last chapter deals with the serious possibility of Britain being dissolved into a federation of European states.

Few good writers are also accomplished speakers, let alone feel as passionately about their subject as Peter clearly does. This audio book benefits greatly from being narrated by the author.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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