Sunday 6 June 2021


Kings Place, Hall 1 & Online

In-hall tickets are priced at £18.50. At-home streaming tickets can be booked for £9.50 by following this link to purchase online tickets. Described as “terrific and very important” by Simon Schama and “an amazing education” by David Baddiel, Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera is already one of 2021’s most-talked-about books. Now in this special in-person and online Jewish Book Week event the Times columnist and The Boy With The Topknot author joins Guardian journalist and The Windrush Betrayal author Amelia Gentleman to explore how so much of British life today – from Brexit and the NHS to our COVID response and discussions of race – are rooted in our imperial past, despite the subject of empire having so often been hidden from view.

James O’Brien in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera: How Not To Be Wrong

Thursday, 13 May 2021


Join award-winning LBC broadcaster and voice of reason James O’Brien as he talks to writer Sathnam Sanghera to celebrate the paperback publication of HOW NOT TO BE WRONG. James’s previous bestselling book, HOW TO BE RIGHT, explored how to make your arguments heard. In HOW NOT TO BE WRONG, James explores how to change your mind, and how winning arguments doesn’t necessarily mean you’re right. Examining his personal beliefs on everything from racial prejudice to showing emotions, from fat-shaming to tattoos, James delves deeper into the real reasons behind his opinions. In this intimate and entertaining conversation, he will discuss the process of writing the book, and the lessons he learned about himself whilst doing so, as well as discussing his career more widely. You’ll also have the chance to put your own questions to James. Don’t miss your chance to hear from one of Britain’s most incisive, witty and necessary voices in a captivating and thought-provoking conversation before you read his new book. This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login 48 hours before the event. This event takes place on paperback publication day, so if you purchase a book with your ticket, you will receive your copy of the book in the 10 days after the event.

Times+ Book Club: Robert Webb in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera

Thursday, 6 May 2021


Join us on the evening of Thursday, May 6 for our online book club with Robert Webb, number one bestselling author of How Not To Be a Boy and star of Peep Show in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera, columnist The Times. Robert will be discussing his debut novel Come Again which tells the story of first love, second time lucky. All hell has broken loose in Kate Marsden’s life. Her husband has died, she’s lost her job and now she’s pushed the last of her friends away. Then one day, she wakes up in the wrong body – and the wrong year. She’s eighteen again and it’s her first day of university. Which means today’s the day she’ll meet Luke, her future husband, for the first time. If they can fall in love again, Kate might just be able to save him a second time around. “Part adventure, part love story, part comedy, part dissertation on bereavement…a breathtakingly insightful evocation of grief” – The Sunday Times.

Birmingham Literature Festival | Empireland: Reckoning with our imperial legacy Sathnam Sanghera in conversation with Sara Wajid

Thursday, 22 April 2021

7pm - 8pm


The events of the last year have demonstrated the urgent need for us to understand and reckon with our imperial past and the way it has shaped, and continues to shape, British life. Join Birmingham Literature Festival and author Sathnam Sanghera to discuss his book, Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, and the ways in which legacies of empire permeate everything from the NHS to our national museums and his own life growing up in Wolverhampton. Sathnam will be in conversation with Sara Wajid, co-CEO of the Birmingham Museum’s Trust and an active advocate for diversity and equality in the arts.

Civilised Sunday Digital Series – Jikoni X Sathnam Sanghera

7th March 2021



On the 7th March at 6pm, we will welcome award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sathnam Sanghera to our digital stage. Mr Sanghera whose new book Empireland became an immediate Sunday Times bestseller will be in conversation with well loved and acclaimed historian and broadcaster Simon Schama.

Bristol Festival of Ideas

Tuesday 2 March 2021

6pm- 6:45pm


In conversation with author, journalist and broadcast Elizabeth Day.

Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how imperialism is everywhere in modern Britain, though we often choose not to see it.

Covering everything from our national habits to how we live – the foundation of the NHS, the nature of our racism, our economic status and our wealth – he argues that imperialism is central to the way we think and conduct politics, from the distrust of intellectuals in public life, to the exceptionalism that inspired Brexit and our response to the COVID crisis.

He makes an impassioned call for proper education about the reality of the empire in order to address our attitudes to our past and its effects on the present. Imperialism is a fact of our collective British lives, but unlike Germany, or even America, we have never confronted the history of our interaction with the outside world.

He believes we can only truly understand who we are by knowing who we were.

Tring Book Festival

Monday 1st March 2021

7:00 PM


Listen to Sathnam Sanghera talk about his new book Empireland. At a time of great division, when we are arguing about what it means to be British, Sanghera’s book urges us to address this bewildering contradiction. For, it is only by stepping back and seeing where we really come from, that we can begin to understand who we are, and what unites us.

Sathnam will be in conversation with Jamie Fewery, author and good friend of Our Bookshop.
Choose your ticket and book – with or without postage or the show only option. The event link will be sent about 24-hours before the event.

V&A Online Talk: Empireland

Thursday, 25 February 2021

7pm - 8pm


Join author Sathnam Sanghera, in conversation with the V&A Director Tristram Hunt, in conjunction with Sanghera’s new book ‘Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain’

This talk will be held on Zoom, and a link to join will be sent to ticket holders on the day of the event.

From museums to multiculturalism, national habits to the NHS, Empireland takes a look at how everyday life modern Britain is still shaped by its imperial past, in ways not often appreciated. Join author Sathnam Sanghera in conversation with V&A Director Tristram Hunt for an enlightening discussion of this critical and timely subject.
Priority booking is currently open for Members; general booking will open Monday 8 February, subject to availability.

Cambridge Literary Festival

Wednesday February 24 2021



Award-winning novelist and journalist Sathnam Sanghera argues that Britain is a direct product of its violent imperial past. Despite this, education surrounding our colonial history remains stunted, as it is still a subject of both shame and glorification. Following his memoir, The Boy With The Topknot, and novel, Marriage MaterialSanghera introduces his new book: Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain. In it, he explores how imperialism underpins our society: from the foundation of the NHS, to the nature of our racism, our economic status and our wealth, and the politics of exceptionalism that inspired Brexit. Join Sanghera alongside chair Kavita Puri, writer and author of Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, as they discuss his enlightening and urgent new book. £5 via link


Monday February 15 2021



Award-winning journalist, author and presenter Sathnam Sanghera speaks with reporter-filmmaker Amandeep Kaur Bhangu about his latest book, Empireland. Described as presenting ‘an irresistible case for reviewing much of what we think we know about the reality and legacy of the British Empire’ (James O’Brien), Sathnam addresses the many ways in which imperialism continues, to this day, to permeate aspects of our lives – from politics through to culture. On zoom, but registration needed via link.
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