Icons of England
This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village...more
The most interesting entries in this book are those that expand on a common but unremarkable feature of England or those that provide a slice of history, or background detail. The best of them - on pub signs, on chalk horses, on the Green Man - had me scouring the web (/Wikipedia) for more information afterwarsd. Even the entry on London sewers was interesting.
As you'd expect with an anthology, not all the entries were good. Many authors described their childhood experiences a ...more
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I am glad I didn't pass up this opportunity though. This version is not the 'lavish coffee table' version but has more entries. What it lacks in what I assume is gorgeous photography in the other is (almost) made up for by exquisite little black and whit ...more
Too many stories were about banal, obvious, uninteresting, or not particularly ...more
I did not read anything about the book before I requested that my library purchase it. I saw it was by Bill Bryson and that was enough for me! Well it turns out that this was edited by Bill Bryson and it was written by roughly 100 people a few pages at a time. So it was not at all what I expected!
But it was extremely enjoyable. I laughed out loud in places and I got nostalgic in others and teary eyed in others. It is a wonderful book about what various peopl ...more
I don't think the fact that Bryson didn't write this book is the ...more
Prince Charles, The Prince Of Wales wrote the forward sealed the deal.
Even though, I was born, bred, and still live in N.Z,my ancestors on my
father's side of the family came from Cornwall, in the Southwest of England. Added to that fact, I always have been & always will be devoted
I loved the way, that the book was made up of contributi ...more
In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson's hilarious first t ...more