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5.0 out of 5 stars authoritative and readable
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor transfer to Kindle
This should be a very fascinating book, but alas the Kindle edition must have been achieved by using text recognition and it is full of wrongly recognised words. This makes it hard going, indeed I did think of complaining and asking for my money back.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars authoritative and readable, 30 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The English Year : (Hardcover)
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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Your Library, 16 Oct. 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Survey of Celebrations During the Year., 26 Dec. 2012
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This book presents a well researched account of festivities thoughout England. It includes national and local celebrations, many of which started years ago. It is would be helpful in planning a tour or holiday in order to see some of these traditional events, particularly for overseas vistiors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid copy of a lovely book, 19 Dec. 2013
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The book arrived in good time, and was in perfect condition. I love it, and I want to keep it, both as a reference and as a fascinating read.
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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
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Excellent book cramed with information on English customs. Will be very well used. Beautifully presented with lots of good photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 23 Mar. 2015
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A good table book. Excellent for dipping into
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Oct. 2014
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Properly researched, thorough, a classy book.
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