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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BiteBack Publishing (6 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543262
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a new and insightful book" -- Jenny McCartney , Daily Telegraph

"(a) Snappy little book" --Metro

"Let me recommend this book to anyone who is perturbed by what has been going on and would like to see the hopeful signs to develop into something more lasting." --New Culture Forum

"The main argument of the book is entirely accurate. Britain has created many good things in the country and in the world though often those who did the creating were the ones who found many of the solid British virtues tiresome and stifling, a curious contradiction noted by George Orwell many years ago, but those achievements have been deliberately denied and belittled by a weird self-hating elite" --Conservative History Journal

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Peter Whittle is the author of various books about Britain, and is also a columnist for Standpoint magazine. A respected commentator, he appears regularly on TV and radio and has contributed to titles such as The Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail. He is also the founder and director of the New Culture Forum.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Duncurin VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2012
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A wonderful book, one that I really enjoyed mainly because the author has not shrunk away from discussing many of the issues that face Britain and ongoing internal problems. It's an uncomfortable but necessary and illuminating read.

My father came to Edinburgh Uni. as a student in the 1930's He came from a nasty apartheid state and what he experienced in the UK was a revelation. He no longer had to look whether a shop had "whites only" outside and people were fair and kind. He thought that British people were amazing and of course Britain the best country in the world. I am sorry in a way that English people cannot see themselves through his eyes, for they could and should be very proud of the people they are and their achievements on a world scale. It was inevitable that he should marry an English girl and though they had two diametrically opposed religions as well as political views: they always managed to show us kids that the areas of agreement were of much more importance that those where they disagreed. In addition he would always purchase British goods as he not only believed them to be the best, but he also wanted to support the nation he admired so much. Indeed his greatest wish was to become more and more English not to seek to apologise for it on any level. My dad died 30 years ago and I suspect that today he would not recognise much of the country he so admired.

The book simmers along beautifully but I think that Chapter4 is such a well presented and cogent analysis of many of the problems that beset us. In addition the discussion on queuing, lack of decorum in public places and of course the "Scottish Question" - for me spot on. When I am out and about I now try to turn the arguments subtly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yogaminty21 on 19 July 2014
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superb book,brilliantly written.If you are younger than forty and have only been told the negatives of being British, then I strongly suggest you read this book.' it's a tragedy this country has lost its identity'. I'm off to plant a union Jack in my garden.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 May 2014
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Highly recommended read and very well researched. Provides an insight into how people really feel and suggests a way forward. Excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaveW on 8 Jan. 2015
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GOOD. White!
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