This is Europe: The Way We Live Now (Paperback)
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This is Europe: The Way We Live Now (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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An urgent and empathetic investigation into what it means to be European in an age of pandemics, climate change and mass migration from one of our most perceptive journalists.

In a series of vivid, empathetic portraits of other people’s lives, journalist Ben Judah invites us to meet some of the people who call Europe their home.

Who makes up this population of some 750 million, sprawled from Ireland to Ukraine, from Sweden to Turkey? Who has always called it home? Who has newly arrived from elsewhere? Who are the people who drive our long-distance lorries and steward our criss-crossing planes? Who lovingly crafts our legacy wines and fishes our depleted waters? And who risks life itself in search of safety and a new start?

Drawn from hours of painstaking interviews, these vital stories reveal a frenetic and vibrant continent which has been transformed by diversity, migration, the internet, climate change, Covid, war and the quest for freedom. Laid dramatically bare, it may not always be a Europe we recognize – but this is Europe.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447276296
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 40 mm


Thrilling, first-hand tales that explore the danger and ambitions of life in Europe. - The Financial Times, A Book of the Year 2023

If you wish to know what Europe is becoming without us in its club, you'd do well to read Ben Judah's This Is Europe. - Telegraph, A Book of the Year 2023

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

Unflinching . . . a powerful piece of reportage. - The Guardian

An extraordinary series of interviews. - Rory Stewart

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

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

An impressive work, like a chorus. - TLS

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

Captivating. - Le Monde

A singular journalistic achievement. - The Fence

A fabulous book. - Quentin Lafay, France Culture

'Poignant and powerful . . . reveals a Europe in a time of profound change. - Diplomatic Courier

Pick a chapter and you will be dropped in the middle of a fascinating tale . . . absorbing and addictive. - Politico podcast

Sprawling, impressionistic, occasionally exhilarating . . . narratives which rest upon the force of raw experience. - European Review of Books

A masterpiece emphasising to the reader that the ‘other’ could always be ‘me’. - Paschal Donohoe

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