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Britain etc.

The Way We Live and How We Got There
Narrated by: Mark Easton
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)
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Summary

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:

  • Alcohol
  • Beat Bobbies
  • Immigration
  • Knives and Murder
  • The Queen
  • Umbrellas

...and many more!

©2012 Mark Easton (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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Mediocre at best.

Struggled with this one, not a bad book but not a patch on some similar titles.

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  • Martin
  • Berlin, Germany
  • 09-05-15

Hilarious! Plus I learned a lot about Britain

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.

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  • Toby
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 08-07-13

Prepare to have your prejudices challenged

Would you consider the audio edition of Britain etc. to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Britain etc.?

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.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What you think you know about Britain is wrong.

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  • John S.
  • 11-08-12

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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