How to be an Alien : A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils, Paperback

How to be an Alien : A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils Paperback

Illustrated by Nicholas Bentley

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


George Mikes says, 'the English have no soul; they have the understatement instead'.

But they do have a sense of humour - they provide it by buying over three hundred thousand copies of a book that took them quietly and completely apart, a book that really took the Mikes out of them.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780140025149



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George Mikes immigrated to England from Hungary, and wrote this slim book in 1946 as a satirical attack on the English way of life and culture, and their arrogant paternalism towards foreigners or "aliens". To his surprise it was enormously popular, and continued in reprints for many years. Nicolas Bentley provided cartoon drawings for illustration.Dated but still funny.