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  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What's Great about Great Britain

Fraser McAlpine

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United Kingdom, Great Britain, Prose: non-fiction, Popular culture, Travel writing, Places & peoples: general & pictorial works

As the lead writer for BBC Anglophenia, Fraser McAlpine (a man assembled from almost every region of the UK*) spends his life explaining Brits to foreigners. Now he lifts the lid on our Marmite pot of nations and takes you on a journey from the Isle of Wight to Inverness, Belfast to Bangor, exploring the joyful enthusiasms (and pet hates) of an endlessly multifarious Britain.

Stuff Brits Like celebrates why we like puns and pedantry, decorum and drawing willies on things, Trainspotting and Downton Abbey, apologizing needlessly (sorry) and cocking a snook. We cheer both the underdog and the bad guy, we adore melancholy types like Morrissey and grumpy Eeyore... and we love being told off by scolds. Meet mythical beasts from the Scottish Nuckelavee to the Cornish Knocker; the branch of the WI called the Iron Maidens, and the British Cheese Board (yes, it is really called that); find out which eccentric Lord would only eat his meals in his swimming pool, why postboxes are bright red (it's health and safety gone mad) and the origin of weird traditions such as the Burning of the Clocks. Stuff Brits Like takes you through why Doctor Who could only have come from Britain, why cricket is a form of siege warfare in whites, and why we argue about the best five British films or what makes The Great British Guitar Band...

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Praise for Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What's Great about Great Britain

  • This is a great book and contains all you need to know about the damp, funny people of Great Britain. - David Quantick, author of Grumpy Old Men and writer on The Day Today

  • Stuff Brits Like is ace! Fraser has a way with words and an acerbic take on popular culture. The chapters on music are especially brilliant. Highly recommended! - Jo Whiley

  • If there is an art to writing the kind of book that feels most comfortable in the smallest room in the house, the writer Fraser McAlpine might have just created a masterpiece of the form. - Independent on Sunday

  • A light-hearted look at the things we Brits love from the power of a cup of tea to the joy of Sunday night television. - Daily Express

  • An expert on explaining Britain to foreigners looks at the quirks and eccentricities that make our nation such a unique and special place. Here are some of the best bits about being British. - Daily Mirror

  • Fascinating and hilarious. Fraser McAlpine hits exactly the right note and certainly knows his Britain. He observes every foible of the great British public with good-natured wit and candour. A most enjoyable read. - Bookbag

  • A tour through the curious tastes and eccentricities of the British by a Brit used to an audience that is often bewildered by the same. McAlpine's dry wit and sense of the absurd should have even the most staunch supporter of all things pukka chuckling anew at the peculiarities. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • A thoroughly wonderful ride through Britishness. One couldn't put it down. - @Queen_UK

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