Special guest host John Harris is joined by Marc Stears to discuss Marc's new book, Out of the Ordinary: How Everyday Life Inspired a Nation and How It Can Again.
Joining John and Marc are Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, and Sue Goss, author of Open Tribe and the Compass report Garden Mind.
In Out of the Ordinary, Stears describes how, in a period of intense political turmoil from the 1920s–50s, a group of British writers and artists showed a way forward by shining a light on the strength and creativity of ordinary people going about their lives. Now, the book argues, the ordinary might once again provide a unifying path out of crisis.
Marc Stears was a senior advisor and chief speechwriter to former Labour leader Ed Miliband, and directs the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney. John Harris is a columnist for the Guardian.
Discussed in the show:
Out of the Ordinary by Marc Stears
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
Our Country (dir. John Eldridge)
English Journey by J.B. Priestley
'The Lion and the Unicorn' by George Orwell
'Year 3' by Steve McQueen
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