Author, broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell writes in the Daily Telegraph:

“If politicians really are out of touch with what ordinary lives are like and what ordinary people are thinking, then they need look no further than British Voices.”

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Author and social commentator Anthony Painter writes:

“The genius of British Voices is that it allows Britons to speak for themselves. The author – or perhaps interlocutor is more apt – steps back, puts his own voice on fade and lets people speak for themselves. Their voices are resonant and recognisable and help us to understand Britain’s modern predicament – a nation of uncertainty, anxiety and drift. It is a beautiful work.”

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Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi writes:

“Joe Hayman has done an exceptionally good job on British Voices: fascinating and enthralling, a real insight into the lives of others, a timely work and a fine one.”

Author Ruth Rendell writes:

“Joe Hayman’s listening ear has produced a survey of British society that is disturbing and sometimes shocking but heart-warming too, truly catching the mood of the times. It is as readable as a work of popular fiction, and as hard to put down.”

Lord Peter Hennessy, leading British social historian and Atlee Professor at Queen Mary, University of London, writes:

“Future historians wishing to recapture the reality of the UK in 2011 will find British Voices pure gold . It captures mood, moment,  hopes and fears – the very grain of society – and his travels took him from one  end the country to the other.  His book is both thought-provoking and a delight.”

Baroness Kay Andrews, Chair of English Heritage, writes:

“Joe Hayman’s approach in writing British Voices is brave, admirable and all  the more important for being authentic.  The voices we hear are very real, coming from people getting on with their lives but also hamstrung by them, and  worried to death in some cases by what the future might bring. Hayman both finds shafts of light and draws attention to some of the things that the political class should be more alert to: fear of the loss of identity, the sense of loss of control over one’s life; the desperate strategies to get fun where possible; and contempt for politicians.”

Peter Riddell, former chief political commentator for The Times and former Director of the Institute for Government, writes:

British Voices provides a vivid and telling insight into what ordinary Britons think about the state of the country. It paints an often disturbing picture of disenchantment and alienation among young and old alike, a sense both of resetment of elites and of uncertainty about the future.  It is a worrying account which should be widely read.”

Gillian Walnes, Director and co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, writes:

“I was delighted to read Joe Hayman’s British Voices.  He has taken a sparklingly honest approach, talking to real people of all ages and backgrounds about the issues they feel are affecting their own lives.  If we are to make society work, we need to hear, reflect on and discuss what real people think, not just talk about what we think they should think – British Voices makes us do so.”

Baroness Margaret Jay, former Leader of the House of Lords, writes:

British Voices reveals the truth behind opinion polls. Everyone in public life who wants to know what people really think about the state of the country should read it.”


Read the reference to British Voices in the Observer leader, May 5 2013

Hear Joe Hayman on Radio 4’s World at One (30 minutes in), Woman’s Hour (18.30 minutes in) and on BBC Radio Wales (20 minutes in).

Read Joe’s piece for the London Evening Standard on the anniversary of the London riots.

Read Joe’s piece for the New Statesman magazine on social attitudes in post-Olympic Britain

View Joe’s blogs for the Huffington Post

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