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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour (Paperback)
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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour (Paperback)

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Paperback 600 Pages / Published: 01/07/2014
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Ten years later, they're still talking about the weather! Kate Fox, the social anthropologist who put the quirks and hidden conditions of the English under a microscope, is back with more biting insights about the nature of Englishness. This updated and revised edition of Watching the English--which over the last decade has become the unofficial guidebook to the English national character--features new and fresh insights on the unwritten rules and foibles of "squaddies," bikers, horse-riders, and more. Fox revisits a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and bizarre codes of behavior. She demystifies the peculiar cultural rules that baffle us: the rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid pantomime rule. Class anxiety tests. The roots of English self-mockery and many more. An international bestseller, Watching the English is a biting, affectionate, insightful and often hilarious look at the English and their society.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781857886160
Number of pages: 600
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 196 x 131 x 42 mm
Edition: 2nd edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Fascinating...every aspect of English conversation and behaviour is put under the microscope. * Western Daily Press *
A witty and eloquent writer...an affectionate homage to English foibles. * Metro *
An entertaining, clever book. Read it. * Daily Telegraph *

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When Fox attempts to provide behavioural patterns of working class people, she is rarely correct. She appears to be trying too hard to understand the working class, whilst simultaneously demonstrating that, in fact,... More

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