"Compelling and essential... It is so uplifting to read... An answer, one among many, to the deconstructors and under-cutters of the very idea of Englishness... It is based on conviction and experience" (Financial Times
"We should be grateful to Sir Roy Strong for this book. It is an exploration of the themes that shape our sense of England: a meditation, a hymn, a road map" (Clive Aslet Country Life
"Insightful and provocative... Strong's emphasis on the pastoral tradition is a valuable reminder of the essential continuity that binds together English history" (Dominic Sandbrook Prospect
"For someone who would like to know what it is to feel identifiably English, Sir Roy provides a useful tour" (Simon Heffer Spectator
A major contribution to the debate about English identity that locates the roots of Englishness in the cultural imagination.