How England Made the English

How England Made the English

From Why We Drive on the Left to Why We Don't Talk to Our Neighbours

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The English national character is principally an accident of geography and weather. In How England Made the English , Harry Mount scours the length and breadth of the country to find the curiosities, idiosyncrasies and peculiarities that have made us who and what we are. 'Highly readable, encyclopeadic, marvellous, illuminating. Mount portrays England via dexterous excavations of its geography, geology, history and weather.' Independent 'A lovely book, very engaging and easy to read. There are chapters on weather and soil and stone, on the history of hedges or the making of suburbia, all of them infectious did-you-knows. Mount is a natural and enthusiastic sharer of knowledge.' Evening Standard 'Charming and nerdily fact-stuffed.' Guardian 'Lively, a delight. Mount's paragraphs explode with information . . . I love all this, want more, and am given it. The sort of book, in its temperament and in its detail, that has helped to make England English.' Spectator 'Mount is as perceptive as he is obsessive, and time and again he skewers with unfailing accuracy some aspect of our national character.' Mail on Sunday 'Fascinating. Mount's an intelligent, funny and always interesting companion.' Daily Mail
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9780670919147
Branch Call Number: 942 MOU NVD
Characteristics: 340 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), col. maps, col. port. 23 cm


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