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On the Brink
Jonathan Fenby

Classification : Politics & Current Affairs
Pub Date : Oct 03, 2002
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 464
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349114910
Price : 799

About the book
When Le Pen won through to the second round of the presidential elections in April, the eyes of the world turned to France and wondered whether the forces of the extreme right were really alive in Europe again. In this timely book, Jonathan Fenby asks what the future really holds for our nearest neighbour. For centuries France has occupied a unique position in the British, and indeed European, psyche - sometimes as enemy, sometimes as collaborator, but always an object of fascination and opinion. Part of this interest is due to the problems we share - economically, culturally and politically - yet despite the common difficulties France is a country in crisis to a much greater extent than we realise.

So argues Jonathan Fenby in this excellent survey of the state of modern France. Taking in all the major themes of French identity and exploring how they have been undermined - from agriculture to the motor industry, smoking to fashion - and with acute analysis of recent French political history, Fenby argues that France is a country without direction; a once-great power now unsure of itself and its place in the world.
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'[An] impressively comprehensive anatomy...an absorbingly ambivalent study.' GUARDIAN
'This is an indispensible guide for anyone interested in our nearest, but not necessarily dearest neighbout.' DAILY MAIL
'ON THE BRINK is a witty and engaging confessio of love-hate for a complex country.' SPECTATOR
'Whether you live in France, own French property, take holidays there, or just love the place, you should read this challenging study without delay.' LIVING FRANCE
'Read Jonathan Fenby and you'll understand France better and enjoy it more.' Chris Patten
'a fascinating account of modern France, a mixture of history, geography, social analysis and vivid journalism.' Roy Jenkins
'Excellent ... the contradictions [of modern France] are brilliantly teased out and wrestled with' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Well written, well informed and highly enjoyable' LITERARY REVIEW
'A masterly study of a beloved but embattled nation' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'A wonderful and moving book' Jan Morris
'A superb book' Bill Bryson
Douglas Hurd
'Most of us think we know about France, but we don't. Our nearest neighbour, our close partner and keen rival reluctantly faces the same kind of fundamental change as transformed Britain in 1979. Her success or failure will affect us all. In bright, shrewd prose Jonathan Fenby paints a lively portrait of France on the edge. Well worth reading'
     
Jonathan Fenby
Jonathan Fenby was, until summer 1999, the editor of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Previously he has worked for the GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, Reuters and THE ECONOMIST.