Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

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by Sarah Lyall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393334767

ISBN-13: 2900393334769

Pub. Date: 08/24/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” —Malcolm Gladwell
Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved

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“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” —Malcolm Gladwell
Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she set about trying to figure out the British. Part anthropological field study and part memoir, The Anglo Files has already received great acclaim and recognition for the astuteness, humor, and sensitivity with which the author wields her pen.

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ISBN-13:
2900393334769
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/24/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304

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The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReaderInLosAngeles More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews, but in this case I wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author is very, very funny and writes beautifully--I found myself laughing out loud a LOT. As an American married to a Scot for nearly thirty years, I found answers that have eluded me. For example, whenever we've had friends or relatives visiting from the U.K., they'll kindly offer to wash the dishes, but never rinse off the soap. This has mystified me and not that it even matters (though this very example, mentioned in a review, is what made me buy the book in the first place), but this is precisely the sort of thing she discusses or explains: behaviors I've noticed over the years that I didn't quite understand. And she does it so well. She's amazingly insightful, but it's her pitch-perfect sense of humor that really makes this book such a pleasure to read. It's a fun, fast read that I'd highly recommend, especially for anyone with British spouse and in-laws.
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