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Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.77" Width: 4.17" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.13 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1999
Publisher Oval Books
ISBN 1902825268 ISBN13 9781902825267
Availability 0 units.
More About Antony Miall
Antony Miall was born in the Lake District but migrated south at the age of nine months. He spent his childhood in Royal Tunbridge Wells where he had ample opportunity to observe the English at their most characteristic. Apart from a brief spell in an educational establishment in one of the northern home counties, he has spent his life safely south of the Thames within easy reach of the South of France. This suits him very well because he has never quite qualified in Englishness. Among the subjects he is unable to get to grips with are discomfort and moderation. In addition to shopping, his enthusiasms include playing the piano better than he thought he could. He also enjoys seeing his name in print and has written several books on Victorian songs and society. Now a public relations consultant, his clients have included the manufacturer of water beds for convalescent dogs. Once happily married, he is now just happily in Wandsworth, has one daughter, three cats and a very significant other. David Milsted, a typically mongrel Englishman (in his case, one-quarter Scots with trace elements of Viking), was born in Sussex in 1954 and subsequently drifted northwards, eventually spending 15 years on various Scottish islands before relocating, more or less accidentally, in Dorset, where he and his four sons constitute a 0.75% typical English family. A former teacher, fireman and postman, he is now a full-time writer, researcher and editor who makes occasional forays into broadcasting, the theatre, and the strangely beautiful world of corporate malt whisky tasting. He has published four novels and a number of other books, the latest being The Cassell Dictionary of RegrettableQuotations.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Xenophobe's Guide to the English?
The Real English not pastiche. Jun 2, 2008
Written with a good degree of wit and observation it is a shame that the book is not longer.
So true! May 9, 2005
I am British myself (and only came on the American this site site to view how you Americans saw the book). This book is wonderfully true. If anyone dares to disagree they must not know the English! I would strongly advise anyone visiting England to read this book first! Its tells you all you need to know about us in a hilarious and true fashion. I recently visited America and realised what a huge culture difference there is between us both. I plan on buying the American version soon. Hopefully it will live up to the English version. The only criticism I have for the book was that it wasn't very long, only about a hundred and something pages. Although, that said, it's ideal for a plane flight. I read the whole book in about an hour. It's very addictive. Anyway, if you want to be in the know about us English then buy the book. You wont regret it!
P.S A little note to anyone who plans to visit England...AVOID A RESTRANT (if you can call it that) CALLED 'LITTLE CHEF' AT ALL COSTS. I see many tourists come to England and go to a little chef thinking that English food is just bad and that's why the food is like that. Truth is its not. They also charge a fortune and serve you up something that makes cat sick look appetising. Avoid if you can!
Too lenient! Feb 27, 2003
I think that most of these guides were written by British people. Coincidentally, they are pretty objective until you get to this one. Since the Brits consider themselves to be brutally honest, I was hoping that the authors would mention ALCOHOL under the 'Obsessions' chapter. Hardly. 'The Pub' is described as a social setting when it should be described as a social ill. The 'Character' chapter starts off with, "Moderation means a lot to the English". That in itself is laughable. This book is obviously about England before dark. After dark, it's a whole different country, and the authors are truly in denial.
Do you know someone from England??!! Prepare yourself!!!! Dec 4, 1998
I'm taking a trip to England in a couple weeks and I was going through the travel section where they have the travel guides and I came across this book and I thumbed through it...And since I correspond with people in England it was very interesting to me...and as reading it I found myself smiling cause of some of the things mentioned were true, and I couldn't help but buy it and read it completely. Despite the fact that I found it focusing on the negative aspects, I think that that is to prepare you for some facts that you will find true in the English...(The good side will always cheer us, and the person I deal with is full of beauty and life, but the bad I rather not be surprised with). Overall a great insite to the mentality in a comical way.
Acid critic of the English way of life. Jun 4, 1998
This book reviews the English way of life, with all its pecualiarities and also with its contradictions. You will enjoy it if: a) you know the English way and check that you weren't the only one to find those strange behaviours. b) You are an englishman/woman with good sense of humor that enjoy knowing how the people see you. I can't wait to read "Xenophobe's guide to the Spanish", just to check if I have the sense of humour I've always thought. It'll be funny to know which aspects of my daily life are strange to the others.