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Welcome to Everytown Hardcover – 5 Mar 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079212
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 22.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Baggini observes Rotherham closely and wittily" -- The Herald

"Baggini turns out to be a sensitive observer who takes people and
places on their own terms" -- Independent

"Fascinating localised detail of the lives of ordinary British
people... sophisticated, open-minded analysis"
-- Psychologies Magazine

"Few set out to ask the ordinary English what they think. Baggini
brings a refreshing empathy"
-- Financial Times

"Intelligent and resourceful... (with) many fascinating
observations" -- Book Magazine

About the Author

Julian Baggini is the editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Do You Think What You Think YouThink? (with Jeremy Stangroom), What's It All About? - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and the bestselling The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books.


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Having family originate from the same postal area as everytown (and one member live on the same road 'Flash Lane'), I bought the book with interest if not slight reluctance - half expecting some patronising exposition on working class life. However, I found every page was a genuine delight. Informative, interesting, witty and accurate. Sure, it is from the 'outsider' perspective, but what else did you expect? Baggini to effect a 'Rovram' accent and attempt to be a cross between Sean Bean and Wittgenstein?

The reivews of the book surprised me - flawed by straw men and ad hominems. As one who has also 'escaped' the area through university, I found this book gave me a fresh perspective on how dangerous it is to criticise mass culture - the section on the Da Vinci Code says more about middle class snobbery than you would expect. Buy this and enjoy.
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I was looking forward to this book which put itself forward as a study of the philosophy of life of the typical Englishman, his fears, his aspirations and his ethical beliefs; all of this garnered from a 6-month stay in England's most average postcode. Unfortunately, amusing as it is in parts, it never really lives up to its set ambition. What is worse, there are parts that read just like an exploration of the mythical North/South divide.

Some problems are evident from the beginning. Baggini focuses on an aspect of English life and then, with the admittedly dubious aid of opinion polls, the tabloid press and conversations with locals in the boozer, constructs a set of extremely general truths about English society and the practices of the common man. What are often presented as original insights into the English mind are, I'm afraid, platitudes which apply to almost any modern nation in the Western world. For example, with much fanfare and preparation, we are told that we are obsessed by status, tolerant but wary of other cultures and prefer familiarity and convenience to that which is alien or challenging. There is nothing distinctly English about this.

One reason why the results of Baggini's investigations are disappointing may lie within the author himself. He comes across as extremely ingenuous, a sort of Hugh Grant of the writing world, jumping into everyday pursuits with a sort of trepidation which can only come from living a very withdrawn life. He is shocked by cinema food / snack prices and openly admits he has never betted before.
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Yes, Biaggini is a bit of a snob, but his observations are quite sound and make a lot of sense. Living in Holland, close to the German border, I can also ensure that his observations are true of those western European countries as well. I am convinced that it takes someone with a detached view to notice the characteristics and peculiarities of other social groups and ultimately Biaggini proves to be sympathetic towards his working class friends from S66. I can't understand all those reviewers who say this is a better or worse book than Paxman's and/or Fox's. I find the three books to be complementary and as such they broaden ones understanding of the mindset of the English (and, for a large part, Western Europeans, because we ultimately have more in common perhaps than most people would be comfortable with admitting).
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The main difference between this book and other examinations of the English mindset such as Kate Fox's "Watching The English" is that Baggini is a philosopher and so relates his observations to various philosophical views in ethics, politics, etc. This is far from a difficulr read however, as Baggini has an easy readable style. The other difference is that Baggini actually took time out to spend 6 months with his subjects which is just as well since it is clear that the lifestyles and attitudes of the average English person are very different from those of the sort of liberal middle-class urbanite who reads (and writes) a book like this.

The conclusions are not that surprising and but backed up with various statistics and polls as well as Baggini's own observations. Overall it is an even-handed, intelligent and interesting read concluding that despite beliefs to the contrary the average English person does have a consistent philosophy just one that is different from that of the average liberal set.
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Some reviews use the word "brisk" "as in "a brisk jaunt", and the book reads quite well. However , events since its publication have high-lighted a grievous fault in the rather smug outlook which Baggini commends as the essence of "Englishness" : too many just "don't want to know", so that the sexual abuse on an epic scale in Rotherham proceeded quietly.
I cannot help thinking that the author had a preconception, roughly corresponding to what he concluded re "communitarian conservatism" , and which I would castigate as slothful "don't give a damn"-ism, especially since Baggini allows to a degree the invasion/destruction of some aspects of this putative "culture" by individualism.
To my mind, the drumming on about how "working-class" our culture is masks the absence of any dynamic view of social change. Work and leisure have changed considerably , just as race- relations are not a fixed entity; there must have been considerable reaction to the Rotherham scandal above all among locals.Unemployment, for example , is not mentioned; leisure activity seems to be unimaginative, increasingly so , I guess, on the same lines as the macdonaldisation of food , etc
On a longer view, Baggini seems to make sweeping judgments about working-class history ( he would seem to disregard the "intellectual history" of working people, which would have modified his assertion that "self-improvement" does not concern "the English" , at least those he mixed with who, in this regard, are taken as normal.
He emphasises the desire of "the English" to have a good time, and writes almost nothing about attitudes to education, class (!!!
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