The Anglo Files

The Anglo Files

A Field Guide to the British

Book - 2008
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Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers, the people who extracted their own teeth), she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life. The roller-coaster decade of Tony Blair's New Labor government was an increasingly materialistic time when old-world symbols of aristocratic privilege and stiff-upper-lip sensibility collided with modern consumerism, overwrought emotion, and a new (but still unsuccessful) effort to make the trains run on time. Appearing a half-century after Nancy Mitford's classic Noblesse Oblige, Lyall's book is a brilliantly witty account of twenty-first-century Britain that will be recognized as a contemporary classic.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393058468
Branch Call Number: 941.086 LYALL S
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm.


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May 26, 2018

I really felt irritated with this trashing & believe it's fairly typical of many Americans. Consider she compiled this in mid-1990, much has changed. At least there is a train system throughout the entire country & based on my 10 years of current travel, the trains do run on time. The drunk prats is true. Poor dental care is true, but look at the historical implications. At least the British population doesn't have multiple killings by the citizens & children. Try reading something of substance about the British like Citizens of London for starters.

Apr 08, 2016

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.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

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

Aug 30, 2014

A tongue in cheek but serious look at British manners, politics, dentistry, cricket and mass transit.

Jul 05, 2012

Shockingly good. No cheap stereotypes. well-researched, well-written.


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