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This is Europe


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A vivid portrait of Europe as you've never seen it before, told through the extraordinary stories of the people who live and breathe it.

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Ben Judah is an author and journalist. He has reported from across Europe with his writing on politics and society featuring widely, including in The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and Foreign Policy. His first book, Fragile Empire, was published by Yale Uni versity Press in 2013. His second book, This is London, published by Picador, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2016 and for the 2019 Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage.


Imagine Ballard and Houellebecq teaming up on a Grand Tour, and you will have some idea of just how vivid, urgent and unsettling this superbly written book is. * Tom Holland *
Thrilling, first-hand tales that explore the danger and ambitions of life in Europe. * The Financial Times *
Unflinching . . . a powerful piece of reportage. * The Guardian *
Deeply empathetic. Judah is an ace reporter with a novelist's love of character. He conjures people and place in a modern literary form he has made his own. There's no romance to this journey across Europe - but an abundance of story which will make you lurch between fascination, laughter and tears. -- Sophy Roberts, author of The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Makes you expand the boundaries of your sympathies and your understanding. It's an astonishing achievement. * Evening Standard *
An extraordinary series of interviews. -- Rory Stewart * The Rest Is Politics *
A kaleidoscope of bright human experience. Moving, poignant and compelling - I devoured this in a day. -- Jenny Kleeman, author of Sex Robots & Vegan Meat
Brilliantly vivid. * Daily Mail *
Illuminating . . . a bold literary and journalistic experiment. Judah knows how to tell a story and does so with panache. * The Spectator *
Ben Judah has the ability to listen and retell, see and describe, feel and convey . . . Judah paints another Europe with intense and dramatic detail - a Europe that you may not recognize, but that you will look for every day having read this book. -- Andrey Kurkov, author of Death and the Penguin
Superb . . . a compelling read. * The New European *
A hallucinatory tour de force . . . life affirming. * The Jewish Chronicle *
Such an ambitious project it automatically deserves applause . . . reminds us that below every system and conflict there are human beings. * Irish Times *
A singular journalistic achievement. * The Fence *
'Poignant and powerful . . . reveals a Europe in a time of profound change. * Diplomatic Courier *

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