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Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

by Brian Viner

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Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday Synopsis

The British on holiday: how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull's Pub (in Lanzarote) and Antonio's Tapas Bar (in Torquay), of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M5, or M6, or M25, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming-pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun? In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences. He examines the fortnight-long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day's rambling in the Lake District at the other. He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big-spending, many-headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took. It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate. It is a story, indeed, that connects us all.

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ISBN: 9781847377265
Publication date: 26/05/2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847377265
Publication date: 26th May 2011
Author: Brian Viner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: History,
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About Brian Viner

Brian Viner is a senior features writer and columnist for the INDEPENDENT newspaper. He lives with his family in Herefordshire.Photograph © Mike James 

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