Polly Toynbee

Sat 8 July 2023

Interviewed by Ian Muir-Cochrane

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An Uneasy Inheritance: Class in Britain, or My Family and Other Radicals.

Prominent social commentator Polly Toynbee uses the prism of her own remarkable family to examine the stubborn lack of class mobility in Britain. While for generations her ancestors have been committed left-wing rabble rousers, railing against injustice, they could never claim to be working class; settling instead for the prosperous life of academia or journalism.

By examining her own family tree – which in addition to her writer father, Philip, and her historian grandfather, Arnold, contains everyone from the Glenconners to Jessica Mitford to Bertrand Russell – Polly shows us how entrenched class privilege remains in Britain.