Book review: Bloody Nasty People By Daniel Trilling
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 14 June 2013
Trilling's clear-eyed endeavour to chart the rise of the far-right in Britain begins with a meeting with Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National Party in 2011, and proceeds backwards, first to the 1990s and the rise of the BNP, then the birth of the National Front in 1967, and beyond.
We learn not just about key figures such as BNP founder John Tyndall but hear, most fascinatingly, from ordinary people who became right-wing supporters. Longlisted for the Orwell Prize, this courageous debut explores the root causes of racism, the role of the EDL and mainstream political debate on immigration.
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