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In the early 1990s, New York Times publishing reporter Lyall transferred to London for love. Now she produces the latest in a seemingly inexhaustible genre that dissects British quirks and remarks how peculiar are the inhabitants of that moist little isle. With George Orwell's essay England Your England and Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island the best-known examples, Lyall's is an appropriately humorous tale of the struggle to accommodate to her new British way of life and to make sense of the profound culture shock she experienced. But Lyall's observations are neither overly perceptive nor interesting and much of her material is creakingly familiar: aristocrats, for example, pronounce some words differently than their working-class compatriots, Britons love animals (a special memorial honors animals who aided British troops in wartime) and the game of cricket is boring. This is a light, fluffy read that will be enjoyed by first-time visitors to Britain and even a few nostalgic British expatriates. But while Lyall's writing is, as always, witty and tart, it will disappoint those seeking serious analysis or original insights. (Aug.)
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“A witty, incisive collection of essays . . . on everything English.” (Elle)
“A razor-sharp . . . wickedly insightful, decidedly biased account of everything British.” (Graydon Carter)
“Lyall is at her tart, observant best.” (Matt Weiland - New York Times Book Review)
“Fresh, funny and occasionally wicked.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This was a book I had to read for a class before going to London. I learned a few things from it, but I was really just confused why my professor made us read it before our trip. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by The Reader 1991
My awesome library sells donated books on the cheap, and I was lucky enough to find The Anglo Files a couple of months ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ink and Page
Absolutely spot on and insightfully rich. Entertainment at the expensive of the English delivered with more than a dollop of love.Published 2 months ago by Skye Moody
Weak and frivolous writing. Pretty much a waste of time to read. Target audience is the self important crowd.Published 3 months ago by Dean Vlahopoulos
I thought this book was wildly funny and brilliantly written. I have lived in and visited many countries, the people in each one have unique quirks, as do Americans. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C.L. Blake
Often just going for the quick a laugh and cheap shot, I found this book unreadable and gave it up halfway through. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. J. Marsella