How England Made the English: From Why We Drive on the Left to Why We Don't Talk to Our Neighbours (Hardback)
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How England Made the English: From Why We Drive on the Left to Why We Don't Talk to Our Neighbours (Hardback)

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For all their sophistication, Roman roads are responsible for the narrowness of our train seats today. The first Victorian trains were built to the same width as horse-drawn wagons; they, in turn, were designed to fit the ruts left in the road by Roman chariots. This fascinating and witty book explains how our national characteristics - our sense of humour, our hobbies, our favourite foods and our behaviour with the opposite sex - are all defined by our nation's extraordinary geography, geology, climate and weather. You will learn how we would be as freezing cold as Siberia without the Gulf Stream; why we drive on the left-hand side of the road; why the Midlands became the home of the British curry. It identifies the materials that make England, too: the faint pink Aberdeen granite of kerbstones; that precise English mix of air temperature, smell and light that hits you the moment you touch down at Heathrow.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780670919130
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm

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“Packed full of interesting facts and observations”

In this book, Harry Mount explains how England and the English people have evolved over time in to what we know today. It is packed full of interesting facts and observations however some things in the book are... More

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“An Interesting read”

The English landscape is unlike any other country around the world, from the patchwork fields, to the geology beneath our feet. We have an amazing diversity, from salt marches to soaring cliffs, sandy beaches to the... More

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