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Engel's England : thirty-nine counties, one capital and one man
Engel's England : thirty-nine counties, one capital and one man
Engel, Matthew, 1951-2014
England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.
London : Profile, 2014.
xxi, 538 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Includes index of places.
Partial contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.I'll be with you in plum blossom time -- Worcestershire -- 2.Do you know how the shower works, Jesus? -- Bedfordshire -- 3.Adventures in the state-your-business belt -- Surrey -- 4.Oh, my name it means nothing -- Durham -- 5.Watch the wall, my darling -- Devon -- 6.Here be bores, and boars -- Gloucestershire -- 7.Bye-bye to the bile beans -- Yorkshire -- 8.Life on the edge -- Sussex -- 9.Ignorant Hobbledehoyshire (not) -- Rutland -- 10.Buckethead and Puddingface -- Huntingdonshire -- 11.Between the old way and the Ooh-arr A -- Cornwall -- 12.Covered in blotches -- Warwickshire -- 13.The sound of the froghorn -- Suffolk -- 14.Mayday! Mayday! -- Oxfordshire -- 15.And no knickers -- Cheshire -- 16.Location, location -- Kent -- 17.Good morning, Your Grace -- Derbyshire -- 18.Damsons in distress -- Westmorland -- 19.Bowled by a floater -- Hampshire -- 20.Oh, Ena, where art thou? -- Lancashire -- 21.The commuter homeward plods his weary way --
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