Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behaviour

Author: Kate Fox

Language: English

Summary: Anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. The rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo and many more. Source:

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Rules, Britannia: an insider’s guide to life in the United Kingdom

Author: Toni Summers Hargis

Language: English

Summary:  How do you respond to a dinner invitation that says “Eight for eight thirty”? What might induce you to get off a London train at a place called Mud Chute? When is it okay to drive over a sleeping policeman? And why do teh Brits keep saying “Who’s she, the cat’s mother”? Rules, Britannia is an invaluable resource for Americans who want to make a smooth transition when visiting or relocating to the UK. This entertaining and practical insider’s guide contains scores of established do’s and dont’s that only a Brit would know. Most of us know that an elevator is called a “lifet,” a toilet is a “loo,” and the trunk of your car is the “boot,” but who would have a clue about a “sprog” or a “gobsmacked berk”? These phrases are part of daily conservation in the UK, and leave many visiting Americans as baffled as if they listening to a foreign language. Covering such essential topics as vocabulary, house- or “flat”-hunting, business culture, child rearing, and even relationship etiquette, Rules, Britannia will ease the anxiety that comes with a transatlantic move or extended visit, and is sure to make any old Yank feel like a regular Joe Bloggs. Soruce:

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The Longest Crawl

Author: Ian Marchant

Language: English

Summary: The British love their booze. Ian Marchant – bon viveur, pub singer and writer – sets off to map the British landscape in drink. This mission takes Ian and his friend Perry on a gruelling month-long pub crawl, from the Turk’s Head on the Scilly Isles to the Baa Bar in the Shetlands, taking in as many as possible of the British Isles’ 60,000 pubs. Theirs is no sober march from south to north but a reeling, meandering trip as they meet up for a drink with poets and comedians, chavs and hedonists, Europe’s foremost pub philosopher and Ian’s Uncle Tony. This booze-addled, pork-scratching-fuelled trip makes a hilarious and uniquely British travelogue. Source:

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Il treno per Babylon: giro del mondo in underground

Author: Alex Roggero

Language: Italian

Summary: A Londra, città delle trecento lingue, un viaggio nei tunnel della mitica underground attraverso i cinque continenti, esplorando i quartieri multietnici della più sorprendente e cosmopolita metropoli del pianeta — Fonte:

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Notes from a small island

Author: Bill Bryson

Language: English

Summary: After almost two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while, but before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain – a farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain — Source:

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Daughters of Britannia : the lives and times of diplomatic wives

Author: Katie Hickman

Language: English

Summary: An authoritative and entertaining account by one of our most talented writers of the courageous and unusual women who have been the back bone of the British Empire and foreign service. From the first exploratory expeditions into foreign lands, through the heyday of the British Empire and still today, the foreign service has been shaped and run behind the scenes by the wives of ambassadors and minor civil servants. Accompanying their spouses in the most extraordinary, tough, sometimes terrifying circumstances, they have struggled to bring their civilization with them. Their stories – from ambassadresses downwards – never before told, are a great number of stories about eccentricity, genuine hardship and genuine heroism making for a hilarious, compelling and fascinating book — Source:

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