Mark Easton’s Britain Etc. looks at the United Kingdom
through its relationship to twenty-six subjects—one for each letter of the
alphabet. From Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Cheese, and Dogs through Immigration,
Justice, Knives, and Murder to the Queen, Umbrellas, Vegetables, and the Zzzz
of a well-deserved rest, the book’s meticulously researched but accessible
essays map the backstory of contemporary Britain.
With each lettered
chapter, the reader is invited to look at the United Kingdom in a new way:
standing back to see our small islands in a global or historical context and
then diving down to scrutinize vital details that may be overlooked. Taken
together, the essays reveal a Britain that cannot be seen through the prism of
daily news or current affairs. A park, a wedding, a beggar, and a carrot all
take on new significance once you have read Britain
This is a book that offers insight into the
psyche of Britain; a nation’s obsessions, prejudices, values, and idiosyncrasies.
What sort of place is it? What are the natives like? And how did we get to
where we are?
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