Do I really need 260 pages of British bashing. I get it, you don't like the British, and you think that making fun of them makes you look clever. It makes you look mean and self involved to me. The author gives page after page of why the English are inferior to her, an American. That is not the book that I want to read. This book is nothing like Bill Bryson and it is not an accurate or objective field guide to a different way of life.
Read Bill Bryson's new book and stay away from this.
Following in the footsteps of Bill Bryson and George Orwell, Lyall gently lays out the many ways in which Britons differ from their American cousins. A very amusing read, with wonderful chapters on the British art of self deprecation and the class implications of the British soap opera versus the American. As a Canadian, I felt a strange mixture of the two – and like most children, slightly superior to both my parents. 4 ½ stars
A tongue in cheek but serious look at British manners, politics, dentistry, cricket and mass transit.
Shockingly good. No cheap stereotypes. well-researched, well-written.
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