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Asterix in Britain (Astérix #8)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  6,772 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
One little ancient British village still holds out against the Roman invaders. Asterix and Obelix are invited to help. They must face fog, rain, warm beer and boiled boar with mint sauce, but they soon have Governor Encyclopaedicus Britannicus's Romans declining and falling. Until a wild race for a barrel of magic potion lands them in the drink. It's not quite cricket - ho ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 20th 2004 by Asterix (first published September 9th 1965)
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Pramod Nair
Obelix: What do you keep on saying What for?
Anticlimax: I say Sir, don’t you know what’s what, what?

Asterix in Britain’ is one of my definite favorites among the entire Asterix series.

Originally titled in French as ‘Astérix chez les Bretons’ the eighth title of the series takes the adventures of Asterix & his mighty friend Obelix to the land of Britons with a heavy dosage of merriment, legionary bashing, a game of rugby and sumptuous feasts with Mint sauce & warm beer. Ah! Let’s not fo
Nov 01, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, funny, cartoon
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Asterix in Britain is one of the good ones, and more fun for me in that we didn't have it when I was a kid. So I'm not able to read it in my sleep yet.

Asterix's first cousin once-removed from England (Anticlimax) is part of a tribe of Britons holding out against the Roman invaders (sound familiar?) He sneaks out of the siege and comes to Armorica and the little Gaulish village seeking help.

Getafix brews a barrel of magic potion, and Asterix and Obelix accompany Anticlimax on the trip back to h
Nandakishore Varma
Mar 04, 2012 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This one plays off the stiff-upper-lipped English against the hot-blooded Gauls. Anticlimax is Asterix's cousin "once removed" (a nomenclature which confuses Obelix no end) from England, who is in Gaul to seek Asterix's help for his village, which is still holding out against Caesar. So Obelix and Asterix cross the channel with a barrel of magic potion - but the end is surprisingly different from what one would expect.

Throughout the book, English manners, customs, food (boar in mint sauce!) and
Feb 22, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Anyone for tea, warm beer & Mint sauce with any type of boiled meat, What!
Matti Karjalainen
Sarjan ehdottomaan parhaimmistoon kuuluvan albumin voisi kai kiteyttää näihin kuviin ja näihin tunnelmiin:

- Hyvänen aika! Hämmentävä spektaakkeli.
- Se on, eikö olekin.

Loppuun vielä pieni anekdootti: Goscinny ja Uderzo saivat tietävästi lukijapalautetta aina kun gallialaiset sankarimme seikkailivat eri puolilla maailmaa; milloin tekijät eivät olleet tavoittaneet jonkin alueen kansanluonnetta oikein, milloin yksityiskohdat eivät olleet kohdallaan tai niin edespäin. Englannista kirjeitä ei kuulemm
Oct 25, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I think I have discovered why England hasn't won a World Cup or Euro Cup in a while. Hot water time and weekends.

I loved the Rugby match! GO Obelix!
Jun 26, 2014 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
"Tu sais bien, Obélix, que les Romains sont en Bretagne, pour la plupart." - "Mais ce n'est pas juste ça!"

Il est, n'est-il pas? Überhaupt hat Obelix in diesem Band, vielleicht einem der bekanntesten der Reihe, nicht viel zu lachen. Erst muss er Idefix daheim lassen, dann darf er keine Römer verhauen, dann schämt er sich wegen seinem Ausfall durch gallischen Wein, schließlich darf er nicht beim Kalebassenspiel zwischen Camulodunum und Durovernum mitspielen, und dann noch das ganze gekochte Schwei
Joseph R.
Asterix of Gaul is a famous comic book character, most notable to me because his adventures are available in Latin. His stories are a solace to those students tired of Julius Caesar and Cicero. The story is set during the Roman Empire, so it makes sense to be in Latin.

Asterix is resident of a small Gaullish village. The druid priest of the Village, Getafix, brews a potion that grants superhuman strength. Asterix drinks it now and then and beats up on the Romans while having other adventures. His
Nov 29, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing
I read this one at different periods of my life, and it only got better every time (in fact, I think this book's due for a re-read!). As an 8-year old kid I liked it because the characters were engaging, the story was fun, and the art was very colourful. Though admittedly some of the jokes/cultural references were over my head - if I noticed them at all.

The last edition I read was actually the German translation Asterix bei den Briten , as I was learning German at the time and reading this boo
Jan 05, 2017 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, comics
Finally - the early history of rugby union explained!
Dylan Hearn
Feb 09, 2017 Dylan Hearn rated it it was amazing
One of my favourites and had great fun re-living it with my five year old.
Krishna Kumar
May 01, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it
“Asterix in Britain” was one of the earliest Asterix books I read, but even though I remember it with fondness, until I re-read it again, I had forgotten all the details except for the “tea” part of the story. The plot is about a sole village holding out against the Roman invaders, except that it is in Britain and without a magic potion. So one of the villagers goes to the Gaulish village to seek help to keep the Romans out. Asterix and Obelix go back with him to Britain carrying a barrel of mag ...more
Tim Roast
Oct 18, 2014 Tim Roast rated it really liked it
This is the eighth Asterix adventure and this time Asterix is in Britain.

At the book's beginning Caesar invades Britain. "All Britain was occupied... All? No... one village still holds out against the invaders." Sound familiar? Anyway they can't hold out for much longer so Anticlimax, a second cousin, once removed of Asterix, goes in search of the famous magic potion. A barrel is made and Asterix and Obelix escort Anticlimax and the barrel back across Britain with the Romans hot on their trail.
Dec 19, 2008 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ils sont fous ces romains!... ¡Por primera vez tengo la oportunidad de decir que he podido leer uno de los comics de Asterix en francés! Hace años que vengo siguiendo las aventuras de Asterix y Ovelix, pero siempre leyendolas en traducciones al español.
"Asterix chez les bretons" es una de mis historias favoritas: tiene humor y acción. Ahora que pude leerlo en su idioma original, me parece muy interesante el recurso lingüistico para hacer que el francés parezca inglés :).
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Capolavoro, anche solo per la parodia della lingua e della cultura inglese. E poi, la trovata dell’acqua calda consumata alle cinque… Tutte queste invenzioni, poi, sorrette da una storia coi fiocchi.
Byron Harrison
Jan 09, 2011 Byron Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is brilliant but you have to read it in French or you'll miss British-isms, like "je dis" or "c'est un morceau de chance."
Nov 05, 2012 Feliz rated it it was amazing
my favorite Asterix
Jun 03, 2015 Ojo rated it really liked it
These names will never cease to make me laugh!
Книжни Криле
Наздраве... с глътка магическа отвара! А вместо фойерверки - всеки римски легионер ще види звезди посред бял ден! Да посрещнем Новата Година с едни любими герои от 50 години пр. Хр., които със сигурност ще продължават да векуват! :) Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
Kimberley doruyter
ik heb deze ook als film gezien, er zijn wel wat verschillen.
Jan 29, 2017 Marion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, bande-dessinee
Quand tu parles un peu anglais, ce que disent les bretons n'en est que plus tordant.
Vanja Antonijevic
Dec 28, 2007 Vanja Antonijevic rated it really liked it
The eight comic in the Asterix series, and also one of the best. Some of the most memorable moments are found in this book. Highly recommended.

The plot, according to Wiki, is as follows:

"Julius Caesar has invaded Britain and succeeded, mainly because the British soldiers under Cassivelaunos stop fighting every day to drink hot water (with a drop of milk), and refuse to fight over the weekend. As with Gaul, a single village remains independent, defying the Romans. One member of the village, Anti
David Sarkies
Sep 29, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
Asterix crosses the channel for some Roman bashing and a cup of tea
29 September 2012

I did not find this particular album as good as some of the other ones that I have read, though it has nothing to do with the writer's portrayal of the British. In fact, compared to the way the Simpsons did their episode on Australia (which, as an Austalian, I found incredibly insulting) I don't think they did that bad a job (but then again, I'm not British). Okay, I didn't get the whole joke about boiled meat (
Sep 18, 2016 Christoph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die vierte Auslandsreise - nach Germanien, Rom, Ägypten - führt nach Britannien und das zuvor erschienene "Fernsehinterview" im französischen Magazin "Pilote" lies vieles erhoffen.
Cäsar erweitert seine Eroberungspläne und bewegt seine Flotte nach Britannien, wo er nach der Erkenntnis über die Schwächen der Briten schnelle Erfolge erzielt. Doch ein Dorf hört nicht auf Widerstand zu leisten und diese schicken einen Boten los um in Gallien um Unterstützung in Form des Zaubertrank zu bekommen. Die
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Julius Caesar has invaded Britain and succeeded, mainly because the British soldiers under Cassivelaunos stop fighting every day to drink hot water with a little milk and refuse to fight over the weekend.

We Brits do like to laugh at our own quirkiness and this is an Hilarious take on the British at it’s best.

I’m not so sure that Mykingdomforanos did actually impede Caesar's plans, but I do know one small village holds out against the Roman invaders. Asterix and Obelix are in
Dec 25, 2014 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kyk, Asterix en sy avonture is snaaks, en sy besoek aan die land van die Britte is een van die bestes in die reeks. Maar ek het lanklaas so lank en so uitbundig gelag as tydens die lees van hierdie vertaling. Sonya van Schalkwyk-Barrois sorg vir haar beste werk in die nege boeke wat nou al in Afrikaans by Protea verskyn het. Sien, die Britte en die Galliërs praat dieselfde taal, maar die Britte druk hulself so 'n bietjie ongewoon uit. In die Engelse vertaling is hierdie verskille aangedui met 'n ...more
James Venkatrao
Nov 02, 2011 James Venkatrao rated it it was amazing
This goes under 'a graphic novel' on my bingo board.
I had read this book because it looked like a very interesting graphic novel series that my friends also had read.
Asterix does it again with his companion, Obelix on his side. In this hair raising, fanatic adventure, Asterix's second cousin who is a British rebel comes in town to enlist the support of Getafix by using his magic potion, the British need it. Asterix and Obelix are needed to accompany him back home, and here is where the adventu
Heitor Dias
This is one of the best Asterix tales.
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