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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgia fest
Harry Mount's book doesn't quite do what it says on the tin; indeed it's more about how the English made England than the other way round. In reality, of course, the character of a territory's inhabitants and the character of the territory they inhabit develop symbiotically - chicken and egg. Every sentence contains an interesting fact which the author sets out...
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by W. A. Featherby

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2.0 out of 5 stars Felt like a stream of consciousness rather than a well-thought through book
The idea of this book really interested me. I'd always wondered what made England look or feel different to other countries, even just over the channel. And the chapter headings seemed a logical structure to look at this. But I kept having to re-read the chapters to try and get to the point. So for example, it's really interesting to understand how laws around 'enclosure'...
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by R. Mitchell


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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Felt like a stream of consciousness rather than a well-thought through book, 9 Jun 2012
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The idea of this book really interested me. I'd always wondered what made England look or feel different to other countries, even just over the channel. And the chapter headings seemed a logical structure to look at this. But I kept having to re-read the chapters to try and get to the point. So for example, it's really interesting to understand how laws around 'enclosure' make our fields look the way they do but I still don't really know why that is. Clearly the author knows a lot, but as he rattles through his points and his opinions (which I didn't always agree with as an Englishman) it doesn't stop long enough to set out exactly why things are the way they are. Maybe some of these things are too complicated to explain succinctly but I found that I could fill in some of the gaps by looking at other books and Wikipedia, so I suspect it could have done with sharpening up.

All in all, I'd have preferred bigger picture, and less breezy, journalistic opinion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are You Serious??, 1 Feb 2014
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B. E. Heffernan (England) - See all my reviews
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Harry Mount? Harry Worth More Like.. Why are people allowed to write such utter rubbish? Seriously! Anyone who really wants to know anything about the English are better off with Bill Brysons Collections where his time in England is far far superior to anything Mr Worth, Sorry Mr Mount publishes.. Tip? Avoid at all costs
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Booooring, 1 Feb 2014
I expected so much from this but was very disappointed completely boring feels like it was written by a primary school child. Save your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should called How London made the English, 10 Jan 2014
Bought this book as it seemed interesting and general about a wide cross section of the English landscape, historical and cultural past. Some chapters were interesting and seemed well thought out and researched. However other chapters were repetitive, poorly constructed and opinionated, I got the feeling that the author was running out of ideas by the half way stage of his narrative. I became increasingly frustrated and eventually was unable to finish the book. Large parts of England are almost ignored with the exception of London, Oxford, the Home Counties and, unusually, Leicestershire. An example(page 266: Oxford twenty years ago, like so many pretty, provincial towns-Cheltenham, Guildford, Bath-). Perhaps the author could alter the title of the book
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dross, 1 Feb 2014
Thankfully a passenger left a copy on the back seat.
Awful, possibly the worse book I've read this decade.
I'll keep it in the cab incase I get caught short near 62 Caversham Rd NW5.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you have absolutely nothing else to do in life read this book...., 31 Jan 2014
Well there's a couple of days of my life I won't get back...

I've found Mr Mount's articles in the media are extremely inaccurate and cliched and this book was no different. Full of inaccuracies, lazy stereotypes and to be frank, pretty damn boring.

Would have given zero stars if option was available.

One word of advise 'Don't'
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with inaccuracies., 31 Jan 2014
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RossC (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This diatribe is so loaded with inaccuracies it should be in the fiction section.
I'm sure half of it is plagiarised from the Jackanory compendium.
Don't waste your money.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How England made the English, 31 Jan 2014
Yet More nonsense from this second rate "author" do not waste your time on this or any of his other books utter rubbish ( in my opinion )
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money or time!, 31 Jan 2014
One of the most boring, uninformative books i have ever read.

Very plain, watching grass grow is more exciting.

I would rather pull my own toe nails off before reading another chapter from this old balderdash.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 31 Jan 2014
Absolute waste of time and money this book tells you nothing you already knew from a writer that just makes things up- totally boring !!! Harry mount should pay you to read this
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