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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 1999
What an impossible subject to capture but be has done so and done it brilliantly. Godfrey Smith, a master craftsman with the language, has used his immense experience of being an Englishman to gather together scores of facets of our character and, even though we Englishmen should be aware of them all, what a pleasure it is to ramble through them particularly in these days of Europe, devolution and the dreaded political correctness. The perfect antidote to Brussels and the 'new' world in which we seem to dwell.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2006
A charming and entertaining book that is, though, swiftly heading towards obsolescence as the English people featured in here find themselves gradually replaced by a new form of 'English' people from all corners of the globe who, sadly, share few of the characteristics featured in this book. Buy this and enjoy it as a piece of nostalgia.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 1998
Vivid, alert, affectionate and cogent - a most entertaining book - KINGLEY AMIS The Mail on Sunday Godfrey Smith writes beautiful, pithy English.. venerates the beauties of English towns and countryside, luxuriates in English Freedoms, cherishes the riches of English civilisation, loves his country. JOHN KEEGAN The Sunday Times A mixture of eccentricity and scholoarship, highly entertaining. A J P TAYLOR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 October 2011
I enjoyed this book, although it is rather plodding in its delivery. Not as much humour as I would have expected from Mr Smith. Reflective of a time gone by rather than dealing with the here and now of England.
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on 17 February 2014
Sir
it a good book but it contains precise information on subject A to Z topics chosen by the author. The information is very small and the same is available some where more in detail. While compiling the book
the writer has forgotten to include the name of Rudyard Kipling the great- he was first Briton to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature in year 1907, a poet, great story writer The book is fine general reference.
k s chaturvedi
Mathura India
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2008
This book was is one person's musings on "Englishness", presented in a strange and abstract format.
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