The How to be British Collection Spiral-bound – 22 Apr 2003
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About the Author
Martyn Ford, writer and illustrator, comes from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. Peter Legon, writer and publisher, was brought up in Liverpool and Leeds. In the 1990s they were colleagues at the same Brighton language school, where they first got the idea for Lee Gone Publications. The "How To Be British Collection" (2003) and "How To Be British Collection" Two (2005) have together sold over 190,000 copies. In 2009 they published their fourth book, "Mrs Joyce Hoover's How Do You Do".
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If there's one book I could give to foreigners that portrays Britain it would be these two, and as someone who's interested in, and has struggled with, the problem of "what does it mean to be British?" I think these two books come closest to an answer.
Abroad, there would be no humourous books like these. The space they occupy (more and more each year at Christmas) would be taken up with philosophy but I've begun to think that this is the best way to analyse what the British are about.
I love the pointed observation of Peter Legon's writing and the dry humour and I love the detail in Martyn Ford's illustrations. Just as with the writing I feel a real enthusiasm on his part to get all the detail he's noticed into the pictures.
These books feel British as, to me, the pictures are delightfully cluttered and embody the idea of a garden shed full of all sorts of odds and ends, as well as bringing to mind such words as 'rummaging', 'kerfuffle', 'palaver', 'pottering'.
And I think it's a great achievement to cover all of Britain AND both young and old, and not just a narrow short lived phenomenon (such as Chavs).
I would recommend that you buy both these books and take them abroad with you, along with your phrasebook.
There is also Part Two, which is not as half as funny as this one.
I think I need to buy a dozen of these and give them to my friends as gifts! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift for a friend who has just become a British citizen and it was very well received - Pretty funnyPublished 4 months ago by julien
This is a lovely little booklet about Brits and Britishness. I shall put it in the guest room for the entertainment and education of foreign visitors.Published 7 months ago by Dr Dombo