Effervescent Adventures with Britannia is the latest addition to Wm Roger Louis's stimulating and acclaimed series, Adventures with Britannia. It draws upon a distinguished array of writers and scholars - historians, political scientists, journalists, novelists, biographers and English literature specialists - to guide the reader through a fascinating labyrinth of British culture, history and politics. Together, they provide a unique insight into the pivotal themes - political, literary and cultural - which have shaped British state and society. The subjects covered include a new analysis of Jack the Ripper by Richard Davenport-Hines, a new appraisal of Harold Nicholson and Royal Biography by Jane Ridley and a new account of Evelyn Waugh in North America by Martin Stannard. In literature, Patrick French writes on V.S. Naipul; in history Andrew Lownie offers new perspectives on Guy Burgess and in politics Kenneth O. Morgan considers what will become of Britain after Brexit. Collectively, the chapters combine a rich mix of original ideas, historical and literary allusion, personality and anecdote, to provide an intellectual adventure into the mainsprings of modern British and international society.
Wm. Roger Louis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. His books include Imperialism at Bay (1976) The British Empire in the Middle East (1984), and Ends of British Imperialism (2006). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. In 2001 he was President of the American Historical Association and in 2013 he was awarded the Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature.