Contemporary Britain is fascinated by the nation’s cultural barometer.
The rise and fall of Britpop is charted in the broadsheet press as well as in
the music glossies. People who rarely step inside an art gallery watch with
fascination the progress of Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Damien Hurst and
the rest of the Britart pack. The publication of Granta’s Best Young British
Writers list also commands the attention of those who never have and
never will read a single novel by any of the mentioned authors. And the
fortunes of the British ﬁlm industry, which ebb and ﬂow with remarkable
rapidity, are followed nearly as closely as those of the ﬁnancial markets.