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The English Year

The English Year [Kindle Edition]

Steve Roud
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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'This is an essential, indispensable book, and should be as much a part of the civilised library as a dictionary or atlas.'
-- Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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This enthralling book will take you, month-by-month, day-by-day, through all the festivities of English life. From national celebrations such as New Year’s Eve to regional customs such as the Padstow Hobby Horse procession, cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and Easter Monday bottle kicking in Leeds, it explains how they originated, what they mean and when they occur.

A fascinating guide to the richness of our heritage and the sometimes eccentric nature of life in England, The English Year offers a unique chronological view of our social customs and attitudes

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars authoritative and readable 30 Aug 2007
I bought this book for a friend, but kept it myself after being impressed by its dip-into-ability, its authority, readability and the fact that it is clearly the product of considerable research. The author has drawn widely in his search for the origins of English customs and is not afraid to dispense with a few myths along the way: if there is no evidence that a custom 'has its origins in the Middle Ages' he'll say so. An impressive piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly fascinating 17 May 2007
By Eb
Nowadays the English are starting to wonder about their own culture and roots and Roud's useful and interesting compendium is a good place to start. Not only does it include customs still practised today like Hallaton's Hare Pie and Bottle-Kicking, but also historical events that are often mentioned in song or legend, such as Bartholomew's Fair. It's well written, beautifully illustrated and equally good for dipping into or looking something up. It serves to prove that the English are deep down not the boring, staid, polite folk the world thinks they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Your Library 16 Oct 2011
An excellent well presented and written book covering many of the local festivals and events that occur regularly in England. The information is in date order. A "welcomed must have" for my reference library
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful quirky detail 26 Oct 2012
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This book was just what I'd hoped it would be - easy to dip in and out of, packed with quirky detail and referances and a few photos thrown in too. Its a wonderful read if you are interested in traditions - but also in terms of various phrases that apply to dates, festivals etc. Lots of cross referances too and places to get further details etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice to have on the bookshelf 18 Jun 2014
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a very interesting book to dip into
I like it a lot
you can look up different dates in the year and see what it says about it
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5.0 out of 5 stars the English year 12 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent book cramed with information on English customs. Will be very well used. Beautifully presented with lots of good photographs.
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