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from a Small Island
Up North was called 'Blissfully funny' by the Sunday Telegraph; 'Very funny indeed' by the Sunday Times; a 'Tour de force' by The Independent; 'Sharply funny, well-researched' by The Times? And that Keith Waterhouse praised it as 'The funniest, wickedest dissection of the North I have ever come across'? Even the Huddersfield Daily Examiner called it an 'Hilarious, can't-put-down voyage of discovery.' It's just had its sixth reprint in paperback, with tens of thousands of satisfied buyers behind it. If you're from north of the Watford Gap, it may be a little too frank for comfort - but, honestly, it's worth a second look.
Kingdom by the Sea
After eleven years as an American in London, Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise round the coast and find out what Britain and the British are really like. It was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War and the royal baby, and the ideal time, he found, to suprise the British into talking about themselves. The result is vivid and absolutely riveting reading.
Danziger began his journey in June 1994, as newspapers and magazines throughout the land commemorated the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings and recalled the Allies' war aims (to "afford assurance that all men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want"). For the best part of a year, he lived among the homeless and unemployed in many of the ruined manufacturing and so-called "no-go" areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With courage and sensitivity, he won the trust of the street children and shared the lives and heard the stories of hundreds of society's outsiders. A powerful and disturbing documentary (with 48 pages of his own photographs) of life in Britain for a forgotten section of society in the mid-1990s, and a tribute to the resilience of individuals faced with overwhelming odds.
Love Affair with England
Susan Allen Toth
Though Americans often view England as an extension of the States, Susan Allen Toth knows differently. Where else could badgermania - and Royal mischief - still be taken so seriously? Ms. Toth brings this special England vividly to life as she recalls exploring the countryside, traveling both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopping, ghost-hunting, and honeymooning. By turns humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, My Love Affair with England will be relished by every Anglophile and by those of us who dream of knowing another country as if it were our own.
Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully writtne guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaninative response to a brave new economic world.
When did British history begin, and where will it all end? These controversial issues are tackled head-on in Norman Davies' polemical and persuasive survey of the four countries that in modern times have become known as the British Isles. Covering 10 millennia in just over a thousand pages, from "Cheddar Man" to New Labour, Davies shows how relatively recent was the formation of the English state--no earlier than Tudor times--and shows too how a sense of Britishness only emerged with the coming of empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. A historian of Poland and the author of an acclaimed history of Europe, Davies is especially sensitive to the complex mixing and merging of tribes and races, languages and traditions, conquerors and colonised which has gone on throughout British history and which in many ways makes "our island story" much more like that of the rest of Europe than we usually think. Many myths of the English are dispelled in this book and many historians are taken to task for their blinkered Anglo-centrism. But the book ends on an upbeat note, with Davies welcoming Britain's return to the heart of Europe at the dawn of the new millennium.
History of Britain:
At the Edge of the World? - 3000 BC - AD 1603 Vol 1
History of Britain: British Wars, 1603-1776 Vol 2
History of Britain:
The Fate of Empire 1776-200 Vol 3
Out for the Territory
Walking the streets of London, Iain Sinclair traces nine routes across the territory of the capital. Connecting people and places, redrawing boundaries both ancient and modern, reading obscure signs and finding hidden patterns, Sinclair creates a fluid snapshot of the city. In this volume he give us a provocative, enlightening and disturbing picture of modern urban life. And in the process he reveals the dark underbelly of a London many of us did not know existed.
Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World
Curtis reveals a picture of the reality of Britain's role in the world, providing a comprehensive critique of the foreign policies of the Blair government as well as an analysis of British foreign policy since 1945.
Unequalled for its frankness, high spirits and sharp observations, his diary is both a marvellous slice of seventeeth-century life and an acknwledged literary masterpiece. It is crammed with Pepys's socializing, his amorous entanglements, his theatre-going and music-making, but also includes details of his work at the Navy Board and the official journey to bring Charles II back from The Hague.
and Ride: Adventures in Suburbia