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The Xenophobe's Guide to the English


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Antony Miall was born in the Lake District but migrated south at the age of nine months. He spent his childhood in Royal Tunbridge Wells where he had ample opportunity to observe the English at their most characteristic. Apart from a brief spell in an educational establishment in one of the northern home counties, he has spent his life safely south of the Thames within easy reach of the South of France. This suits him very well because he has never quite qualified in Englishness. Among the subjects he is unable to get to grips with are discomfort and moderation. In addition to shopping, his enthusiasms include playing the piano better than he thought he could. He also enjoys seeing his name in print and has written several books on Victorian songs and society. Now a public relations consultant, his clients have included the manufacturer of water beds for convalescent dogs. Once happily married, he is now just happily in Wandsworth, has one daughter, three cats and a very significant other. David Milsted, a typically mongrel Englishman (in his case, one-quarter Scots with trace elements of Viking), was born in Sussex in 1954 and subsequently drifted northwards, eventually spending 15 years on various Scottish islands before relocating, more or less accidentally, in Dorset, where he and his four sons constitute a 0.75% typical English family. A former teacher, fireman and postman, he is now a full-time writer, researcher and editor who makes occasional forays into broadcasting, the theatre, and the strangely beautiful world of corporate malt whisky tasting. He has published four novels and a number of other books, the latest being The Cassell Dictionary of Regrettable Quotations.


'This book is wonderfully true. If anyone dares to disagree they must not know the English! I would strongly advise anyone visiting England to read this book first. It tells you all you need to know about us in a hilarious and true fashion. So, if you want to be in the know about us English then buy the book.' -- Reviewer from UK 'Essential reading. Working for a large international corporation, I have given a copy of this book to several senior managers - telling them that if they read it, they might start to understand us Brits!' -- Reviewer from London 'An excellent little book which gives a great insight into what makes the English and their culture tick. It explains the main areas of typical life in England with wit. The authors have a great sense of humour. Highly recommended to anyone about to move to the UK. It will help you to understand the subtleties of the English. Spot on!!!' -- Reviewer from Germany 'Amusing, witty and accurate. Loved this! I've read several books on English people before moving to England and this one was by far the best. It's small and short read but all the most important facets are there. I totally enjoyed the humorous way the writers had of self mockery... and I found it helpful even after living in England for almost 2 years now.' -- Review from 'D M'

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