Award-winning journalist and editor Mark Easton takes us on a tour around modern Britain, with a look at 26 subjects and how we relate to them. An Encyclopedia of British culture, Easton covers, in alphabetical order, a diverse list of topics including:
...and many more!
©2012 Mark Easton (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
I've been living in Britain for a very long time and I thought I understood this country. This book taught me otherwise (in a good way). The author who's also narrating the book is talking about 26 topics, one for each letter of the alphabet. Have you ever wondered about the parks in the UK, or toilets, or cheese?? This book will help you understand why things are the way they are in Britain.
Since Mark Easton is a broadcast journalist, his reading of his own book is immaculate. He brings to life each chapter and challenges any preconception you might have on each subject tackled. You get the impression that as a book it is written as a series of radio essays.
Each chapter tackles a different aspect of an A-Z of British life with those on Knives and Poverty particularly enlightening not only for what they tell us on the subjects, but for how we react to them.
What you think you know about Britain is wrong.
"A bit political for my taste"
Not a bad use of a credit exactly, but the essays as a whole failed to hold my interest completely. "Y" - where he felt empathy for the "alienation" of the violent youths who'd beaten up him and his cameraman (and smashed their equipment) - was about the limit for me, after he'd injected his political views in earlier chapters. Really 2.5 stars overall, your mileage may vary.
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