Annie Harrison: "In writing this book, I embraced some of the typical characteristics of the English people. So the text - which I hope is informative - is delivered in a humorous, patronizing, sarcastic, xenophobic, understated and condescending manner. Wherever possible, I have tried to ridicule the English. Being English myself, I'm well practiced in self-deprecation.
"There’s more to the national character than meets the eye. We’re not just stiff upper lipped tea-sipping, bowler-hatted city types. Not all of us have bad teeth as a result of eating bad food. Unlike the English portrayed in American movies, we’re not all villains and we don’t all dress as if we’re acting in a period drama. Nor do we all journey in black cabs past red telephone boxes and castles to thatched pubs where we queue to drink warm beer whilst discussing the weather and cricket with cheeky Cockneys and aristocrats. We’re more than that…
"I've written The Oddball English not just for visitors to Blighty but also for its inhabitants. It holds up a mirror to some of the interesting, funny and odd observations on life in England, most of which go over our heads unnoticed."
Excerpts can be found at www.blog.theoddballenglish.com