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This book is about restoring national pride and positive politics. It shows that although unity and division are natural parts of British political debate, some of this division is caused by a need for political reform.

Political institutions have struggled not just to manage themselves, but also to cope with scandals in the private, public and third sectors. Since the financial crisis of 2008, leadership across all sectors has been challenged by the banks and charities from Oxfam to Volkswagen and the Catholic Church to the movie industry.

This has had a corrosive effect on public confidence in national and international government, and also in leadership itself. At the same time, social media and other events are creating greater individualism, at a time when we should be bringing people together.

This inspirational book showcases people and organisations that are achieving great things in our communities and globally, and suggests a new approach by focusing on the unity of national, local and sector missions. It will help illuminate the service to our country and our communities and serve to break down barriers between sectors.


“Britain will need a clear vision and renewed hope for the decade ahead. This book offers them – arguing it has the reasons for confidence and the resources to meet the challenges. After five years of division and turbulence, here is a path to a better future.”

Sir Anthony Seldon, contemporary British historian and author of May at 10

“This really readable and funny book reminds me of so many of the things I love about the UK – so much pride in things of the past and present – and it gives me high hopes for the future.” 

Richard Curtis, screenwriter, producer and film director

“At last a book about why we can and should be proud to be British and how we can draw on our character and values as the foundation on which to build our future. The book is timely, provocative and funny. Even the most sceptical and curmudgeonly will surely see the value of Britain regaining its confidence and playing a leading part in building a sustainable global future.”


Sir Michael Barber, Institute for Government

“Truly impressive – expect to see this book in any international commentator’s shelfie! As a new era of US leadership dawns, this is a timely blueprint for what Global Britain should be all about. Eminently qualified to report from the frontline of politics and business, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Lewis raise the bar on Britain’s aspirations.” 

Rt Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, chairman of the Defence Select Committee

“Penny Mordaunt and Chris Lewis have written an essential book about some of the most important issues we face as a country today. It’s a hugely entertaining read that tackles some vital questions, including how we can reunite our polarised country and how our local communities can become even stronger. After a turbulent few years, this is exactly the optimistic, patriotic and ambitious book that our country needs.”

David Skelton, author of Little Platoons: Renewing One Nation and Empowering England’s Forgotten Towns

“This is a delightfully crafted love letter to those queer folk we call the British. It’s eloquent, eccentric, hugely entertaining, at times impossibly argumentative and, above all, bloody good fun.” 


Lord (Michael) Dobbs, author of House of Cards

“Self-belief and self-awareness are needed to achieve any goal. This book provides a plan and, perhaps more importantly, restores pride in our country and each other. When we are united and focused, there is nothing we cannot do.” 

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, gold medal winner at four successive Olympic Games and winner of the America’s Cup

“I’m deeply proud to be British, not least because of the extraordinarily brave, funny, brilliant, kind and talented people who call these small islands home. In particular, I’m proud of Britain’s history of engaging in the challenges people face, not just at home but around the world. It has inspired and supported the work of my AIDS Foundation, which aims to help end this devastating pandemic around the world. A book examining what it means to be British and Britain’s potential to be a force for good in the world is timely. Penny and Chris should be congratulated on seizing the opportunity to look forward in this interesting and enjoyable book.”

Sir Elton John

“I really enjoyed reading this. Smart, thoughtful, passionate and funny, it injects a welcome dose of optimism into the debate about Britain’s future. Probably nobody will agree with every word, but that’s one of the book’s great virtues: it makes you think. Anybody interested in our political and economic future, our global cultural impact or simply the lasting significance of Norman Wisdom will find it an enormously provocative and engaging read. And above all, it’s great fun, which is the most important thing of all.” 

Dominic Sandbrook, historian, TV presenter and columnist
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