Britain etc. by Mark Easton

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It's rare that a book can both sit in the loo waiting for a happy random rummage yet be destined for a permanent place on one's reference shelves: this is one.
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Mark Easton's Britain Etc.looks at the UK through its relationship to 26 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 back-story 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 scrutinise 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 Etc.

As the UK welcomes millions of visitors to its shores for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 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?
 

About Mark Easton

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Mark Easton is a Glasgow-born journalist who has written and presented numerous current affairs programmes and writes the award-winning BBC blog 'Mark Easton's UK'. From 1998-2004 he was the Home and Social Affairs Editor of Channel 4 and in 2004 he became the Home Editor of BBC News.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK. 337 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Euan Ferguson on Mar 03 2012

It's rare that a book can both sit in the loo waiting for a happy random rummage yet be destined for a permanent place on one's reference shelves: this is one.

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