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.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Saturday February 13, 2021


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Sathnam Sanghera, author and columnist, in conversation with Natasha Junejo, founder of #SouthAsianWriter to discuss latest book Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain. Come and join us to celebrate the release of Sathnam Sanghera’s latest book which focuses on exploring Britain’s Imperial Past and how this has shaped all aspects of our current society. The book covers how British empire has influenced everything from the foundation of the NHS, to our racism, to our economic status and our wealth. Sathnam, with Natasha, will be looking at how imperialism, if we choose to see it or not, is at the centre of the way we think, go about our lives and conduct politics. In Person Tickets £12 (+ booking fee)Livestream: £6 (+ booking fee)

The London Library with Samira Ahmed

Wednesday February 10, 2021



Sathnam Sanghera’s brilliantly illuminating new book, Empireland looks at how profoundly our imperial past has shaped modern Britain: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the NHS to the nature of our racism, from our distrust of intellectuals in public life to the exceptionalism that imbued the campaign for Brexit and the government’s early response to the Covid crisis. Yet empire is a subject weirdly hidden from view. In conversation with Samira Ahmed, he discusses this bewildering contradiction and why, at a time of great division, when we are arguing about what it means to be British, it is so important to look honestly at our past, to understand who we are and what unites us. Empireland can be ordered from West Hampstead’s lovely indie bookshop, West End Lane Books. N.B. This is an online event. You will be sent a viewing link and password with your booking confirmation. The event will be available to watch with the same link and password anytime afterwards.

Times Plus launch event for Empireland

Thursday January 28 2021



Join Times Plus on Thursday, January 28 for an evening with Sathnam Sanghera, columnist, The Times, in conversation with Aasmah Mir, Times Radio breakfast host. They will be discussing Sathnam’s latest book Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain. Exclusive subscriber offer: Empireland; How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain is published by Viking, Penguin on January 28, 2021 RRP £18.99. You can pre-order the book at a discounted price of £14.99 from via the Timesplus website. To register for tickets, click on the link and then ‘register online’ in the information box. Please note, you will need to be logged in to see the booking button. The event will be hosted online and there is no charge to attend. Times Plus just ask that you register online as you would with our usual Times+ events. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details. Our virtual event provider, Market Partner, will email you on the morning of the event with a unique link at the email address you used to register for your place, and will let us know that you’ve attended.

Sathnam Sanghera: Locked Down with Gen Z

Friday October 9th 2020


Town Hall, Main Hall, Cheltenham

When lockdown started, The Times columnist and author Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot) invited his two young nieces aged 21 and 23 to live with him in his London flat. As they bickered over film choices, snacking, alcohol consumption and long hairs blocking the drains, his articles and social media posts chronicling the experience proved hugely popular. Sathnam and his nieces Jasveen and Simran Kular talk to the Labour MP Jess Philips (Truth to Power) about family ties, learning from each other, and life with an uncool uncle. Cheltenham Literary Festival. Online viewing option. £14 plus booking fee; Live Captioned

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