Al-Britannia, My Country
James Fergusson, Bantam Press, £20.00
Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain
Clair Wills, Allen Lane, £12.99
Nearly 70 years after Pakistanis and Indians first began arriving on British soil in significant numbers, seeking an economic haven from the wreckage of partition, immigration and religion continue to pull at the national psyche. Integration − or the perceived lack of it − and the role of Muslims in towns and cities around the country have become a tabloid obsession.