The English : A Field Guide, Paperback


A hilarious field guide to the world's most remarkable and unusual creatures: the English.

Who are the English? What is this puzzling species? Where does it live? What are its habits? What does it eat? Why does it eat that? And why has it developed such unexotic mating rituals?

Join us on a journey deep into the natural habitat of the English, a journey to rival anything David Attenborough did with gorillas, a journey that begins on a sofa (and continues, unflinchingly, into the kitchen, out into the garden, off to work, down to the pub and then on to the beach...and the bedroom).

Matt Rudd's fearless anthropological approach leaves no cliche unturned in his attempt to portray the real English.

Are we really a nation of binge-drinking, horse-meat-eating, grumbling, tailgating slobs or is there something altogether more beautiful to be found lurking behind the cypress leylandii?

This unprecedented adventure will take you to a DFS store, to Blackpool's third best B&B, to the coffee kiosk on platform one at 5.35 in the morning.

You will step into a ready-meal curry factory, a naturist's back garden and an office of the future where they do somersaults into beanbags. You will endure a night out in Wakefield, a night out in a queue and a night in Thetford Forest trying, unsuccessfully, to prove that dogging is an urban myth.

You will watch Reading play football. And all from the comfort of your own sofa. How English.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780007490455



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