As Britain’s exit from Europe draws on and negotiations continue, many people on the remain side of the argument are expressing their sorrow at leaving Europe and breaking that long relationship. The country has had with the European Union.
In the Guardian this week, they published an article entitled “Dear Europe: Letters from J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Mary Beard and More.” In the article, ten public figures, including many well-known authors, were asked to write a love letter of sorts to Europe in which they express their own lifelong relationship with Europe.
This article was a teaser to a full- length book which published this week. A Lover Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope gives a whole range of British writers a voice on the matter of Brexit. From novelists and children’s book authors to historians, biographers and travel writers, this book covers a whole range of different stories and feelings.
A Love Letter to Europe features an extensive range well-known names including; J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Mary Beard (scholar and classicist), Chris Riddell (illustrator and children’s books writer), Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Coraline, Good Omens), Sandi Toksvig (actor, writer and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party), Ruth Jones (screenwriter for Gavin and Stacey and author of Never Greener), Deborah Moggach (novelist and screenwriter), Prue Leith (writer, restaurateur, and judge of The Great British Bake Off) Onjali Q. Raúf (The Boy at the Back of the Class), Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong), Jeffrey Boakye (Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime), and many more.
The contributors for this book are a diverse group of people from various cultures in Britain. Some are household names with bestselling books and literary prizes while others are rising stars who write with insight and feeling. What all the writers share, however, is their harmonious voice when it comes to their relationship with Europe.
The extraordinary writing that fills the pages of this book includes true stories, nostalgia, hopefulness, cries of pain and sadness, and some hilarity, in a rollercoaster of outpouring of passionate emotions.
The perfect book for anyone feeling a little lost in the seemingly never-ending issue of Brexit, A Lover Letter to Europe: An Outpouring of Sadness and Hope from Writers, Thinkers and Artists was published by Coronet on 31st October 2019.