9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Quirky and touching,
This review is from: Man Belong Mrs Queen: Adventures with the Philip Worshippers (Paperback)
Very funny and touching at times too. Matthew Baylis sets off on a quest to get to the bottom of a cult which shares the object of his own pubescent adoration. Does he get there? Does it matter? Probably not when the story is so well told... The villagers are brought to life as individual characters who could be regulars in your local boozer, but who nonetheless all belong to a culture very different from ours, one which alternately draws and exasperates the author. His gently self-deprecating style and openness about his own shortcomings are touching, and he shows real affection (and in some cases real aversion) for the people he is amongst. On the face of it Man Belong Mrs Queen is about Baylis's attempts to fathom the meaning and origins of Philipism, but I most appreciated it as a book about what the interaction (not clash) of cultures which shows that people are people, wherever they are, whatever they wear, eat or get high on. Oh, and what we learn about Prince Philip and his "worshippers" is pretty funny and interesting too!