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Author: Erin Moore Narrator: Shannon Parks Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781469031590
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An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave listeners gobsmacked

In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, “Quite” exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in “Moreish” she addresses our snacking habits; in “Partner” she examines marriage equality; in “Pull” the theme is dating and sex; “Cheers” is about drinking; and “Knackered” covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate’s survival guide.

American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books—including Eats, Shoots & Leaves—for the US market. She’s spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo-American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That’s Not English is the perfect companion for modern anglophiles and the ten million British and American travelers who visit one another’s countries each year.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moore manages to create a text that is eminently readable, clever (in the sincerely-intended American sense), and thought-provoking, gently breaking down some of the cultural stereotyping that plagues both Americans and British.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “I’m mad about this book! I don’t mean ‘angry’ in the American sense, but Britishly ‘enthusiastic, gobsmacked.’ Much has been written about the language barrier between Britspeak and Americanspeak, but, more than any other explorer, Erin Moore puts a human face on the subject.”

    Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English

  • “The ocean that divides England and America is awash with linguistic wreckage and cultural tumult. But Erin Moore’s study of these infested waters is serene, assured, and hugely entertaining. They should hand her book out at border control.”

    Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type

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About the Author

Erin Moore grew up in Key West, Florida, and is a graduate of Harvard who also attended King’s College, London. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. She has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”