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The English Year [Paperback]

Steve Roud
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Book Description

31 Jan 2008

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141021063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141021065
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Steve Roud has been researching British folklore for over thirty years. He is the author of The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland, and winner of the 2004 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.

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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
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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 Mega good book 25 Jun 2014
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On downside facts all over the place ... another book i couldnt read fast but slowly to absorb the information AND connecting items through a year .... good book but too many sections about dead things partially i fear to fill the pages and being a book ... just opinion .... half the size and cheaper it would be better
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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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