The question of Europe has dominated British politics for the past two years and will continue to do so. It is the defining issue of the current era, which makes this an interesting book to read as it analyses the current state of Europe and evaluates how we arrived at this point.

Douglas Murray draws on a mix of personal experiences, anecdotes and statistics which shapes the book along with his right-wing perspective of politics and society.

It is unlikely that any of the material in the book will be new to the reader; many of the arguments presented have been raised and discussed in the mainstream media at length. The reader’s response to the narrative will depend largely on their own political standpoint.

The more interesting and enlightening elements of the book centre on Murray’s reporting of the Mediterranean islands where migrants land and are first processed upon reaching Europe. The human aspect of these stories is particularly well articulated in the book and exposes the exact nature and risks these migrants face. Towards the end of the book, the chapters about European culture are fascinating and scratch the surface of a much wider topic of the diminution of European culture.

Ultimately, the issues of immigration, asylum and the rise of Islam in Europe are momentous and, as the title suggests, the book is pessimistic about Europe’s future in light of these factors. The book is not an easy read due to the subject matter and the negative outlook for Europe, but it asks important questions of who we are as Europeans and what we want to be.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor, an Associate in Trusts, Wills and Estates at Raworths LLP Solicitors

Douglas Murray is appearing in conversation with Mick Hume at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival on Friday 20th October at 10.30am. Find out more and book now.