In this gloriously original social history, Travis Elborough argues that our national character - our snobbishness and willingness to laugh at ourselves, our attitudes to sex and fair play and our chequered relationship with national pride - has been forged against a backdrop of stormy skies and pebbly beaches.
Covering everything from Agatha Christie to the Prince Regent via Billy Butlin and Brighton Rock, this is a book for anyone who has ever wrestled with a deckchair, braved a sopping esplanade or felt the crunch of sand in a sandwich.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, Black and white photos
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 12/05/2011
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780340935118
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Review by eglinton
Jaunty, entertaining breeze through the cultural history of the British seaside. Some fun bits, and some diverting examples from the author who is happy to well in a kind of cultural nostalgia, rather than really aiming to say anything particular. So full rein is given to any and every quirky character arto hand: the Prince Regent wenching at Brighton, Mods and rockers "terrorising" Bank Holiday Clacton, Hercule Poirot, Billy Butlin, and many more....