Self-Made Englishmen

George Alagiah, Andrew Miller

25/02/2007 3:15 pm
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Andrew Miller’s great grand-parents emigrated from Eastern Europe to the East End of London. In The Earl of Petticoat Lane, he tells the amazing story of his grandfather, from barrow boy to high society. In his autobiography, A Home from Home: from Immigrant Boy to English Man, George Alagiah, looks back on his own journey.

Both authors compared immigrant experiences and discussed whether the once inclusive British society is in danger of becoming apartheid UK.

George Alagiah

George Alagiah is one of the BBC\'s most senior journalists and is the main presenter of the Six O\'Clock News. His family were Sri Lankan Tamils who moved to Ghana when he was six to avoid persecution before settling in Britain five years later.

Andrew Miller

Born in London in 1974, Andrew Miller studied literature at Cambridge and Princeton. He is currently the Economist’s Moscow correspondent. The Earl of Petticoat Lane is his first book.

Joanna Newman


Joanna Newman MBE is the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.  She was Vice-Principal and Vice-President at King’s College London, and is a trustee of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).  She is a senior research fellow in History at King’s College London and an honorary research fellow at the University of Southampton specialising in the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust and Caribbean history.  Her most recent publication is Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945.