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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A witty, irreverent crash course ‘101’ that all Anglophiles will love. Leslie Banker and William Mullins have bridged the great divide between two countries separated by a common language. A bloody good read!”—Anita Naughton, author of Tea and Sympathy

Britannia in Brief is an indispensable guide. Better than Fromer's, shorter than the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is hilarious, clever, and spot-on. This book is perfect for every foreigner who wishes to talk local, and for every local who doesn't get out enough.”—Amanda Foreman, author of The Duchess

About the Author

Leslie Banker is co-author of The Pocket Decorator and The Pocket Renovator both published by Universe. She has written freelance articles for Interior Design magazine, Edible Rhody, and a regular column for Realtor Magazine On-Line.

William Mullins is a financial software developer and has written freelance pieces for salon.com and The Boston Book Review. Before moving to the US he was an assistant editor at Debrett's in London.

More About the Author

Leslie Banker was a contributing writer for "The Santa Fe Reporter" and a reporter for "The Southampton Press" on Long Island. She moved to NYC, was a freelance writer, and started working at her mother's design firm. It was meant to be a short-term arrangement, but Leslie stayed on for 10 years. She and her mother, Pamela Banker, co-authored The Pocket Decorator and The Pocket Renovator. As The Pocket Decorator demystifies the language of decorating, Leslie's third book, written with her husband William Mullins, demystifies all things British.

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A fun read, full of lots of info and facts about the British.
Susan E. Gosman
This is the perfect travel read, and an excellent gift to all friends that are Britain bound this summer.
C. Schoeller
I bought it for a friend moving to England but ended up keeping the book for myself.
John Bruning

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Desmond on May 30, 2009
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Whether you're planning a holiday at Butlins, hoping to impress your new Geordie girlfriend with your knowledge of footie, or simply trying to figure out whether Katie Price and Jordan are the same pointless person, Britannia in Brief is the book for you. Grab a copy of this indispensable primer before your next trip to dear old Blighty (as well as a copy of Hello! magazine and an umbrella), and you'll be sure to avoid any aggro!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By travel bug on August 6, 2009
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This is a great guide for those who want to be in the know on all aspects of British culture. It is funny, insightful, and timely, and the perfect thing for students and professionals studying, working, and traveling abroad. Even though I have spent a lot of time in various parts of Britain, this was an extremely interesting education for me. I am hoping they come back with a book to explain the French...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Carret on October 1, 2009
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Where was this book a few years ago when I made the first of many visits to the UK? Informative and witty, Britannia in Brief is a great read whether you're off to the British Isles tomorrow or just hoping to get there when you have a chance. You probably think you have a handle on some of the Brits' eccentric ways, but are a bit mystified by others. This book will clear it all up, particularly the things you thought you understood but had completely backwards. I can't wait to get back there to start undoing years' worth of faux pas!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linz61480 on December 18, 2011
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i'm an american who relocated to the UK a year ago. i purchased many books to help mentally prepare me for the culture, and this was BY FAR the best, simply because it covers the most material in an easy-to-understand way. i still refer to it occassionally for refreshers on specific topics. it's become my bible.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Schoeller on May 25, 2009
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This book offers a fabulous overview of all that is most pertinent in British culture and history for any and all visitors to that fair isle. Thanks to these witty and observant authors, relations between America and Great Britain may well be improved between the locals with a new level of understanding. If all tourists would read this, the stereotype of the Loud American could be put to rest! This is both fascinating and so much fun - not only did I learn a lot, I laughed aloud while learning. This is the perfect travel read, and an excellent gift to all friends that are Britain bound this summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Bruning on January 26, 2010
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Great book. Fun read. I bought it for a friend moving to England but ended up keeping the book for myself. My friend gets nothing. Ha!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Ahlstedt on June 11, 2009
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This delightful book is a very handy reference for Americans who are puzzled by various aspects of British life and culture. Among the many interesting facts covered are how to properly address those with titles, the political leanings of various newspapers, how the educational system works and what in the world those cricket players are doing. There is a handy acronym guide and glossary in the back of the book as well. Very interesting reading!
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