Watching the English – Kate Fox

Why are we the way we are? For those that are English we usually understand our eccentricities and bizarre rules, which to others are just completely confusing. I work with some of my colleagues who are from Zimbabwe and their take and reflections on English habits and culture are so refreshing where to us they seem normal.

A while ago I came across this book

Watching the English – Kate Fox RRP: £6.99

They Say:

In this completely revised and updated edition of international bestseller WATCHING THE ENGLISH, anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.

Now with new survey data to add weight to her original fieldwork findings, and more extensive field-research and experiments to back up earlier observations, Kate Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and over 100 updates. If you’re English, this new edition of Kate Fox’s acclaimed international bestseller will make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted – and if you aren’t English you’ll finally understand all our peculiar little ways.

WATCHING THE ENGLISH has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into many languages. Not only a worldwide bestseller, but also a set text for university anthropology courses, WATCHING THE ENGLISH has been widely praised as a revealing and entertaining dissection of the English national character.

I Say:

This hilarious reflection of English class rules, culture and etiquette is perfect for those who are English and can see themselves in what they read or for those who are not who want to understand our quirks a little better. From what dog we own, what with think of a Mercedes or  Mondeo as a car, right down to what we call our evening meal (Dinner, Tea or Supper) why we buy rounds of drinks at the pub and what we drink are all covered in here.

It talks of class not by how much money we earn but our opinions on things and the choices we make as well as our speech. I spent most of the book either sniggering at things I know I do, or have done and trying to work out what class I would fit into. The answer? I still don’t know, but I am relieved to know that it is a normal English thing to automatically apologise even if someone has bumped into us!

A wonderful book if you are looking for something a little different.



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