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This is an auction for THE ENGLISH by Jeremy Paxman.

"As the last of the United Kingdom's protectorates - Scotland, Wales, Ireland - are wiggling free from their imperial mother, a question poses itself: What does it mean to be English these days? That's what journalist and TV quiz master Paxman wonders in this study of British identity. A humorous, ironic, nostalgic, sceptical, dilettantish, mildly eccentric, self-deprecating and proud account (like its subject), the book surveys the various aspects of stereotypical English identity one by one - in realms ranging from sex to food. Paxman offers an intriguing investigation. His socio-historical survey rambles through characteristic attitudes toward foreigners, the weather, religion, the home, sport, language and the countryside - sometimes fondly, sometimes iconoclastically. He finds evidence of the English spirit (if not the English identity, which he considers to be historically underdeveloped) everywhere: in the National Trust's successful efforts at historic preservation, the classically British propensity toward certain S&M practices and the offices of the Oxford English Dictionary. Based on book research, personal observation and Paxman's interviews with Brits including John Cleese and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, this odd collection of theoretical musings, historical tidbits and quirky observations should serve as both a corrective and a comfort for AnglophilesAin Britain and elsewhere."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1999.

309 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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