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In Search of the English Eccentric

Henry Hemming

8 Reviews

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction, Social & cultural history, Humour, Travel & holiday

A witty anthropological journey in search of the quintessential English eccentric.

The English eccentric is under threat. In our increasingly homogenised society, these celebrated parts of our national identity are anomalies that may soon no longer fit. Or so it seems. On his entertaining and thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, Henry Hemming unearths a surprisingly large array of delightfully odd characters.


He asks what it is to be an eccentric. Is it simply to thrive on creativity and non-conformity, and where does this incarnation of Englishness stem from? Hemming concludes that this tribe is, in fact, in rude health, as essential as ever to the English national identity, only they are no longer to be found where youd expect them.


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Praise for In Search of the English Eccentric

  • 'A lovely, heartfelt paean to English eccentrics, by a member of the tribe. A funny, timely and moving encounter with a dying breed.' - Jon Ronson

  • The new Michael Palin - Tatler

  • 'Hilarious' - Daily Mail

  • 'Hemming is a kindly collector and a champion of people who live as they see fit' - Metro

  • 'Highly entertaining' - Traveller

  • 'Intelligent and encouraging' - TLS

  • Hemming makes a convincing case for the ways in which eccentrics benefit any society or era - Financial Times

  • Hemming makes some good points - Sunday Telegraph/ Seven

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Henry Hemming

Henry Hemming lives in London, UK.

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