The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall
A Field Guide to the British

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“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” —Malcolm Gladwell


Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she set about trying to figure out the British. Part anthropological field study and part memoir, The Anglo Files has already received great acclaim and recognition for the astuteness, humor, and sensitivity with which the author wields her pen.
 

About Sarah Lyall

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Sarah Lyall grew up in New York City and writes for the New York Times in London. She lives there with her husband, the writer Robert McCrum, and their two daughters.
 
Published August 24, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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“Many of the unkind clichés about British dental care,” she writes, are “dead accurate.” In fact, in her telling, many of the clichés — unkind and less so — about British everything are true: their teeth are crooked, their homes are drafty, their men “harbor erotic fantasies about former prime mi...

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A funny, deeply reported look at why the Brits are the way they are.

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USA Today

after all, she married a Brit, has a couple of British kids, lives in London and covers the United Kingdom for The New York Times, which allows her to be "professionally nosy in a place where the truth beneath the surface is not always readily apparent."The book is frequently amusing and well-wri...

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Scotsman.com

FOREIGNERS' ATTEMPTS TO UNderstand Britain have produced shelf-fulls of books that with rare exceptions (Bill Bryson being one) have left no-one any the wiser.

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Nashville Public Library

Lyall also examines the differences between the generation of Brits who came of age during WW II, the queen’s generation, and the post war generation of Princess Diana.

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