05/06/17 | By Sarah-Beth Watkins

Being British: Our Once & Future Selves is a journey into British culture and identity today, outlining a welcome new story for ourselves in these times of lack of belonging. Chris Parish is passionate about the subject of Britain, having spent years studying the national culture, identity and values of the country. He was originally inspired by his experience of returning home to London where he now enjoys living, after years spent as an expat in the States, Europe and Australia. He is a Fellow of the RSA and was Director of a UK educational charity for over two decades, giving talks and workshops on human development. Before that, Parish was a practicing homeopath as well as having co-founded an eco-community.

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The book takes a thought-provoking angle, which is neither Left nor Right, but instead brings the novel lens of a developmental view. It connects the dots between past, present and future, integrating the shadow side, and draws on many unusual examples.

 Chris Parish provides a welcome reasoned statement for moderation and integration in approaching major issues and Britain’s place in the world. Parish calls for taking a long-term approach to these issues, one that incorporates a more positive view of Britain’s past while integrating that history into British identity and Britain’s approach to current problems.
Dr George L Bernstein | Professor of History, Tulane University Author of The Myth of Decline: The Rise of Britain since 1945

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