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Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country by Hugh Dennis
  

Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country

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Shaken by the way our national image underwent such a radical improvement with the Olympics, Hugh Dennis takes time-out to consider who the British really are, what have they done and why. Giving us some famous name checks along the way as well as dwelling on some of our not so special moments, Hugh Dennis dissects our nation.

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Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country by Hugh Dennis

Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being British meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British. And then the London Olympics came along. We gave the world a gleaming new vision of Britain; a smiling Britain of achievement, a Britain responsible for leading the world into the modern era through the Agrarian and Industrial revolutions, a nation proud to embrace multi-culturalism, individuality, and eccentricity. A country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute. The unexpected legacy of the Games has been a Britain with a new found self-confidence in which we all know how to be British. A Britain which should be embarrassed by nothing and proud of everything, from sheep to chimneys to the Spice Girls to industrial action and what had always previously been described as our ailing transport network . A Britain which having been pinned firmly in its own half, has dribbled the length of the field, nutmegged the defenders, unleashed a curling dipping shot into the top right hand corner, scored a wonder goal and is now kissing the badge. This is Hugh Dennis' exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

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What do they of England know, that only England know? Kipling asked. Writing about your own country is the hardest thing to do. Hugh Dennis has inspected our sceptred isle and remorselessly scoured it inside out and come up with a funny, hilariously satirical, but warm and brilliantly observed portrait of our complicated, ridiculous but loveable country. Utterly readable and laugh out loud funny. - Stephen Fry

About the Author

Hugh Dennis is an award-winning writer, actor and comedian best known for weekly satirical panel show Mock The Week, Radio 4's The Now Show and BBC sit-com Outnumbered. He lives in Sussex with his real wife and his real children. To their annoyance he is interested in almost everything. He reads, runs, cycles, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th May 2014

Author

Hugh Dennis

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780755364329

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