By Mark Easton
Mark Easton's Britain and so forth. seems on the united kingdom via its dating to 26 matters - one for every letter of the alphabet. From Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Cheese and canines via Immigration, Justice, Knives and homicide to the Queen, Umbrellas, greens and the Zzzz of a genuinely-earned relaxation, the book's meticulously researched yet obtainable essays map the back-story of latest Britain. With each one lettered bankruptcy, the reader is invited to examine the uk in a brand new means: status again to determine our small islands in an international or old context, after which diving all the way down to scrutinise important info that could be missed. Taken jointly, the essays display a Britain that can not be obvious throughout the prism of day-by-day information or present affairs. A park, a marriage, a beggar and a carrot all tackle new importance upon getting learn Britain and so on. because the united kingdom welcomes thousands of tourists to its seashores for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, it is a publication that gives perception into the psyche of england; a nation's obsessions, prejudices, values and idiosyncrasies. what kind of position is it, what are the natives like, and the way did we get to the place we're?
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