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The English: A Field Guide


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Matt Rudd is senior writer at the Sunday Times. In the name of journalism, he has worn a short skirt in public, had a tour of a GBP300,000 lettuce shredder and stood outside Pippa Middleton's book launch for six hours in the freezing cold. In the name of this book, he has spent the last two years on the road with binoculars, a notebook and many Red Bulls. He lives in Kent with his family. Follow him @mattrudd.


`An opportunity for the English to laugh at themselves. And to show everyone else how mad and brilliant we are' Jeremy Clarkson

`It's perfect for dipping in and out of on, say, your commute to work, as each chapter is pretty self-contained. But be prepared to laugh out loud. And start nodding and thinking: "yep, I SO know that person," every few seconds ... Clever and witty, but oh-so true, you'll love this fab look at our nation' The Sun

`Highly entertaining ... ample opportunity for Rudd to display his flair for comic his hands, and contrary to received wisdom, sarcasm is one of the higher forms of wit ... a warm and witty celebration of England and the English ... proof that comedy is one of the things that the English are very good at indeed' Sunday Times

`Matt Rudd makes the voyage around England with the eye of a more frivolous, lighter weight George Orwell ... It's quirky, irreverent, ironic, allusive, boyish, self-mocking, shrewd and funny. Foreigners, bless them, don't write like this' Country Life

`Which are we: dukes in top hats, or Pearly Kings? ... Good for Matt Rudd, who establishes that we're neither ... he sprinkles the book with revealing nuggets ... [readers] will find more home truths, and fewer cliches, about the English than they will in most Anglo-hunting books' Mail on Sunday

`Rudd is sharp, larky, a bit laddish now and then, like a stand-up comic strutting his stuff ... it's all deftly sketched ... the book is at heart a celebration of everydayness' Times

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