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Book Launch: Tim Burrows

Twenty One
7.00 pm to 10.30 pm

Join author Tim Burrows in his home city as he discusses his latest book, ‘The Invention of Essex: The Making of an English Count’ about God’s own county, Essex. A county both famous and infamous: the stuff of tabloid headlines and reality television, consumer culture and right-wing politicians. England’s dark id. But beyond the sensationalist headlines lies a strange and secret place with a rich history: of smugglers and private islands, artists and radicals, myths and legends. It’s where the Peasants’ Revolt began and the Empire Windrush docked. And – from political movements like Brexit to cultural events like TOWIE – where Essex leads, the rest of us often follow.

Event Times:
7pm Doors
7.30pm Reading by the author followed by Q&A with Jennifer Lucy Allan
8.30pm Book signing, DJ to end
10.30pm End

Tickets £3 per person, £16.99 including signed book. We offer a free Concession Ticket for those who are currently unwaged or face other financial barriers in accessing the event. Book now via Eventbrite.

Deeply researched and thoroughly engaging, The Invention of Essex shows that there is more to this fabled English county than meets the eye. A love letter to a county whose variety and richness is so often overlooked because it fails to adhere to the dreary English ideal of picturesque gentility. Burrows digs deep. He meanders like a creek. Nothing is off limits. It’s a stellar performance. The first picture caption sets the tone: ‘Aerial view of mud’ – Jonathan Meades

Evocative and smart … Essex is often a prism through which England is seen, whether in terms of housing, politics, art or land … beautifully written, with intelligence and heart’ – Amy Liptrot, author, * The Instant *

Tim Burrows has written the most insightful, thorough, hilarious and at times poignant investigation of place, of people, of history and of belonging. I loved every page. The way Tim weaves his own family and experience into such a detailed and well-researched narrative of geography, sociology and history is masterful. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in identity, landscape, family and the concept of home. This book deserves to do brilliantly well and will launch Burrows into the public consciousness as one of our great living writers. – Nell Frizzell, author * Holding the Baby *

A lively tour of a place everyone thinks they know, but seldo– Owen Hatherley, author * Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London *m understand – and a great book about a built landscape of social mobility, both collective and individualistic – and how quickly one can curdle into the other before anyone has noticed

Burrows digs beneath the sensationalism and red-top headlines to paint a deeply sensitive and engaging portrait of a misunderstood county and its people – ‘The Books to Read in 2023’ * Financial Times *


About the author
Tim Burrows is a journalist, who has written about society, culture and place for the Guardian, New Statesman, Vice, the Daily Telegraph, Dazed & Confused, the Quietus and Somesuch Stories, among others. A recurring subject in his work is Essex and the Thames Estuary. His Guardian longread ‘The Invention of Essex’ was published to widespread acclaim. He lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

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