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Brilliant Britain Hardcover – 5 Sep 2012
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'Eccentric look at Britain captures mood of national pride'(Yorkshire Post)
'As exemplified during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, the British are nothing if not quirky. If you're curious as to what's behind this national mentality, then Brilliant Britain will more than likely hold the answer. With an unparalleled assessment of bizarre British traditions and what it takes to make the perfect Chip butty, then the DNA of Britain is most certainly explained within these pages. My favourite part has to be the section on what it takes to become a champion bog snorkeller.'(St Christopher's Live Your Life e-zine)
'Jane Peyton's punchy guide to the nation's craziest customs… Peyton's book, packed with entertaining snippets about events, languages, recipes and festivities that define our nation will make you proud to be British.'(The Daily Mail)
'it's an eclectic and entertaining compendium that is genuinely informative and reliably amusing, useful for natives and visitors alike.'(The Good Book Guide)
About the Author
Jane Peyton is an author, after-dinner speaker, and Principal of School of Booze, an events company, where she produces and presents beer, cider, and wine tasting experiences. She is a beer sommelier, enthusiastic advocate for matching beer with food rather than wine, and instigator of Beer Day Britain (the UK’s national beer day).
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During these surreal minutes of voyage beneath sea level, I usually read quietly and I always think about the People of the island of Great Britain, watching the connection between our cultures, The French and the Britons, and minding the gap!
I look for clues to explain this total foreignness that makes our neighbourhood almost a contradiction; to apprehend this peculiar distance they keep with themselves that becomes more than a nearness, an identity; to understand their way of constantly being ahead while refining the sluggishness of their temperament; to go beyond their very oddity.
I read their literature, I listened to their songs, I braved their rain, I ate their black sausage, I wore their brands, mostly second-hand, I roamed their shires, and I would have traded my Paris hat for a Harry's pat just to begin to understand them, but none of that could have prepared me less to the parachuting of their Queen during the Olympics! So British!!!
How do you solve a problem like Great Britain? Many a thing I ought to understand!
Last time in London, almost absent-mindedly, I bought "Brilliant Britain" in a bookstore.
Yes, suddenly, Jane Peyton's book was lying beside me! It was here to provide sweet understanding of the very essence of Great Britain.
I can't explain! It's brilliant! Read it!