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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by [Fox, Kate]
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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour 1st , Kindle Edition

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She has not only compiled a comprehensive list of English qualities, she has examined them in depth and wondered how we came to acquire them. Her book is a delightful read. (The Sunday Times)

I loved the section on mobile-phone etiquette. Shrewd . . . I liked the chapter on English humour. This is an entertaining, clever book. Do read it and then pass it on. (Daily Telegraph)

Amusing . . . entertaining. (The Times)

Watching the English . . . will make you laugh out loud ("Oh God. I do that!") and cringe simultaneously ("Oh God. I do that as well."). This is a hilarious book which just shows us for what we are . . . beautifully-observed. It is a wonderful read for both the English and those who look at us and wonder why we do what we do. Now they'll know. (Birmingham Post)

Fascinating reading. (Oxford Times)

An absolutely brilliant examination of English culture and how foreigners take as complete mystery the things we take for granted. (Jennifer Saunders, The Times)

If you like this kind of anthropology (and I do) there is a wealth of it to enjoy in this book. Her observations are acute...fortunately she doesn't write like an anthropologist but like an English woman -with amusement, not solemnity, able to laugh at herself as well as us. (Daily Mail)

Times Literary Supplement

Kate Fox consistently reveals us to ourselves. She is meticulous, illuminating and very funny indeed

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340818867
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1 edition (11 April 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V0929W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 389 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful book which makes a great gift to any American friends you might have . Superbly researched and spot on observations of our middle class eccentricities . I have loaned this out to numerous friends who all loved it . A great read if you want to absolutely get under the skin of us Brits ! Arrived on time well packaged .
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I am grateful to Kate Fox for explaining the inexplicable.
Never before have I read such an accessible comprehensive analysis of the English character which not only made complete sense but was written authoritatively and with (English) humour. Thank you! Bought this book as a gift for all friends and family!
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Entertaining, but I am not sure all of it is true.
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Some of the observations about "the English" have had me laughing out loud. These are instantly recognisable by "us" but must be terribly confusing and difficult for anyone else to comprehend, let alone learn
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As a naturalised Brit, I found this both witty and practical. It explained many silly puzzles. It appreciates the absurdity of so many little customs in England. It is un-English to "gush", sorry, but this is a gem.
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Very entertainingly written - I read this with a smile on my face. A serious study but well written with a wry and beady eye for the foibles of this nation.
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I love this book. everything that didn't make sense about the English, now does. really good sense of humour as well. If you want to understand a bit more about the English, you must read this book.
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A lot of work studying a gone into this book, it's a bit slow at the beginning I nearly didn't bother reading it and the print is tiny I hate that.
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