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If only Britain knew how it was viewed abroad

If the country were a person, it would need its friends to sit it down and deliver it a few home truths about its damaging behaviour to itself and others, says Michael Peel

22 June 2024

9:00 AM

22 June 2024

9:00 AM

What Everyone Knows About Britain* (*Except the British) Michael Peel

Monoray, pp.384, 20

A London-based foreign correspondent is probably not the target audience of Michael Peel’s latest book. Indeed, what Peel (himself a former Financial Times correspondent in Lagos, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Brussels) discusses in eight lively, well-researched chapters won’t come as a surprise to any of his UK-based foreign colleagues: how Britain is perceived abroad; and how little it seems to permeate the national consciousness.

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