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Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Coopers Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. Not to mention the Dunkirk spirit of relentless optimism in the face of adversity, be it the heroic failure of Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition, or simply the perennial hope for better weather. The archetypal Englishman - lover of labradors and Land Rovers yet holder of two passports - Ben applauds all things quintessentially English while also paying tribute to the history, culture and ideas adopted with such gusto that they have become part of the fabric of the country.

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Synopsis

English by Ben Fogle

What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite - or is it something less easily defined? Written with Ben's trademark warmth and wit, this is a light-hearted yet touching tribute to all things English.

Reviews

Praise for Ben Fogle:

`Funny, entertaining and really rather inspiring, too' Daily Mail

'A great escapade told with refreshing frankness' Independent on Sunday

`Passionate and well-researched' Tatler

`Fogle's typical adventure-style storytelling keeps the narrative light and entertaining'
Independent

About the Author

Ben Fogle is a writer, presenter and adventurer. He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and has written numerous bestselling books, including Labrador and Land Rover. He campaigns tirelessly for conservation, the environment and animal welfare, is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Tusk, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the President of the Campaign for National Parks.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2017

Author

Ben Fogle

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Publisher

William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
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Cultural studies
Humour

ISBN

9780008222246

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