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The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again

The People's Referendum

Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again

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This book is about how the independence referendum changed not just Scottish politics but the nation’s people, its sense of itself and its future. This is the story of the campaign and its aftermath, not as recorded by pollsters and politicians, but as it was experienced by some of the five million ordinary – and extraordinary – people involved on both sides of the debate. Their stories also speak to what comes next for Scotland.

19 September 2014. The ballots are in, the votes counted. Scotland has chosen to remain part of the United Kingdom. The result is black and white, but the journey to it is anything but monochrome. For months Scots discussed their futures, in town halls and living rooms across the land. The debate gripped the nation like no other in Scottish history.

Taking the scenic route we travel from ‘the Debatable Lands’ of the Scottish Borders to the Western Isles; meet ageing Communists rallying behind the independence cause in post-industrial Fife and loyal Orangemen backing the union; and soak up the ambience with secessionists across Europe trying desperately to follow Scotland’s lead.

Full of character, and characters, this lively, in-depth book provides a unique perspective on a referendum that will reshape Scotland for years to come.

A unique and challenging perspective on the year that changed Scotland.
LIBBY BROOKS

A generous, original and distinctive take on Scottish national life.
JAMIE MAXWELL

Peter Geoghegan has succinctly and astutely identified the heart of the matter.
WILL STORRAR
Title The People's Referendum
Subtitle Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again
Author Peter Geoghegan
ISBN 9781910021521
eISBN 9781910324479
Binding Paperback
Author Bio PETER GEOGHEGAN is an Irish writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Glasgow. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Christian Science Monitor, The Irish Times, Foreign Policy and numerous other publications. He has reported for Al Jazeera, made documentaries on Mongolian wrestling for BBC Radio 4, spent time reporting from the Balkans and wrote from Egypt during the Arab Spring. He has never been a member of a political party.
Back Cover Text This book is about how the independence referendum changed not just Scottish politics but the nation’s people, its sense of itself and its future. This is the story of the campaign and its aftermath, not as recorded by pollsters and politicians, but as it was experienced by some of the five million ordinary – and extraordinary – people involved on both sides of the debate. Their stories also speak to what comes next for Scotland.

19 September 2014. The ballots are in, the votes counted. Scotland has chosen to remain part of the United Kingdom. The result is black and white, but the journey to it is anything but monochrome. For months Scots discussed their futures, in town halls and living rooms across the land. The debate gripped the nation like no other in Scottish history.

Taking the scenic route we travel from ‘the Debatable Lands’ of the Scottish Borders to the Western Isles; meet ageing Communists rallying behind the independence cause in post-industrial Fife and loyal Orangemen backing the union; and soak up the ambience with secessionists across Europe trying desperately to follow Scotland’s lead.

Full of character, and characters, this lively, in-depth book provides a unique perspective on a referendum that will reshape Scotland for years to come.
Reviews From Glasgow’s George Square to High Street Stornoway, Peter Geoghegan is an acute, insightful and empathic observer of the referendum campaign and the characters who shaped it. Always questioning, but refreshingly uncynical, his travels through Catalonia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland have given him a unique and challenging perspective on the year that changed Scotland.
LIBBY BROOKS, The Guardian

This book offers a uniquely discursive take on Scotland’s referendum experience. While most journalists were tapping official sources, Peter was taking the pulse of ordinary – and not so ordinary – Scots as 18 September approached. The result is a generous, original and distinctive take on Scottish national life.
JAMIE MAXWELL, journalist and commentator

Peter Geoghegan has succinctly and astutely identified the heart of the matter and raised the fundamental question of this campaign, all but missed by the old media: whether or not the momentum in participative democracy will continue after 19 September.
WILL STORRAR, organiser, Bus Party 2013
BIC Subject Politics and other issues
BISAC Subject Political Science
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