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Vital reading for tourists, Anglophiles, and anyone who appreciates British TV programs
on May 2, 2013
I didn't think I needed this book. Not really. After all, I grew up in America, but our family friends included several people from England. As a child and as an adult, I love British TV, movies, and... well, I can't get enough of Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse books. And, I've spent considerable time traveling throughout the British Isles.
So, I thought I was fairly fluent in English views, slang, and manners.
Reading this book, I realized that I wasn't even close to understanding the "rules" of the culture. Worse, I was badly mistaken about a few things.
This is easily the very best book for anyone visiting England, and it will answer questions you didn't even know you had. Avoid social blunders, pronunciation gaffes, and absolute confusion as you travel around the U.K. Get this book and read it cover-to-cover.
"Rules, Britannia" is entertaining reading, written from an American viewpoint. I laughed, I blushed, and I took notes.
I wish I'd read it years ago, not just for travel, but also to better understand subtle humor in British TV shows on PBS... including Downton Abbey. And, no matter how light I want to keep my luggage, this book is sure to be in my suitcase during future trips to England.