Thursday, Aug 6, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Sarfraz Manzoor
The Observer (5 July 2009)

“It’s 75 years since Bradford-born JB Priestley wrote his classic English Journey, a snapshot of his travels around the country chronicling the thoughts of ordinary people. What did it mean to be English? We revisit Bradford - a city transformed by mass immigration, but cited in a recent survey for its essential ‘Englishness’ - and ask what that means today.”


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