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Only on page 143, but it still gets 5 stars,
This review is from: Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour (Paperback)
This is a brilliant bit of work. It's presented like a proper thesis, but is filled with such insight and humour that makes very, very entertaining reading.
I've been reading it on the train into work for the past week and have regularly had to hold myself back from guffawing out loud at some of the acutely observed "linguistic and behavioural codes" painstakingly catalogued by Ms Fox. Being English herself seems to pose no problem for the author's very objective dissection of the English as a people. There have been too many times I've thought to myself "That is SO true!" to pick out any single point to highlight the sheer genius this study is.
I doubt you'd be on this particular product page or reading this naff review (I can't do this book justice with words) if you weren't vaguely interested in the topic this book covers, and though I haven't read many books of this kind, I would thoroughly recommend it.
If you want to know what makes us tick as a nation, and snort yourself silly trying to contain your laughter as you enjoy the fruits of someone else's hard-earned research, then you need to read this.