Watching the English – Kate Fox

Watching The English - Kate Fox
Watching The English – Kate Fox

Inspired by social anthropologist Kate Fox’s Passport to the Pub: A guide to British pub etiquette, I picked up the 2014 update of her book on the English from St Helena Hospice’s bookshop in Frinton.

I’m still reading, dipping in and out a chapter at a time. I read the first few chapters back in October and took Watching the English to Nepal with me, where I read one more – about Horse Racing. It’s an excellent read, and highly “dippable”. With Christmas and New Year holidays approaching I am feeling the need for fiction, hence putting this to one side, for now….

Well I never, she’s married to Henry Marsh….

Publisher page: Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour – Kate Fox

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago – Patrick Barkham

Islander - Patrick Barkham
Islander – Patrick Barkham

From emancipated Eigg to the tidal mudflats of Essex, Patrick Barkham visits 10 (?) different islands off the shores of the British mainland, exploring the history, geography, people, wildlife and present day culture on each.

In tandem, snippets of the life and islands of novelist Compton Mackenzie.

A great read.

Publisher page: Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago – Patrick Barkham