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The Angry Island By Adrian Gill

The Angry Island
by Adrian Gill

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The default setting of England is anger. The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly, livid much of the time. The English have, throughout their history, come up with hundreds of bizarre ways to diffuse anger or transform it into something benign. This book hunts down the causes and the results of being the Angry Island.
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The Angry Island: Hunting the English by Adrian Gill

The default setting of England is anger. The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly, livid much of the time. In between the incoherent bellowing of the terraces and the pursed, rigid eye-rolling of the commuter carriage, they reach the end of their tethers and the thin end of their wedges. They're incensed, incandescent, splenetic, prickly, touchy and fractious. They can be mildly annoyed, really annoyed and, most scarily, not remotely annoyed. They sit apart on their half of a damply disappointing little island, nursing and picking at their irritations. Perhaps aware that they're living on top of a keg of fulminating fury, the English have, throughout their history, come up with hundreds of ingenious and bizarre ways to diffuse anger or transform it into something benign. Good manners and queues, roundabouts and garden sheds, and almost every game ever invented from tennis to bridge. They've built things, discovered stuff, made puddings, written hymns and novels, and for people who don't like to talk much, they have come up with the most minutely nuanced and replete language ever spoken - just so there'll be no misunderstandings. The English itch inside their own skins. They feel foreign in their own country and run naked through their own heads. They are often admirable but rarely loveable. An Englishman's greatest achievement is in resisting his national inclinations and not going crazy with an axe in a cul-de-sac. This book hunts down the causes and the results of being the Angry Island.

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The Angry Island Reviews


'his prose floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee and, just when you least expect it, lands a deft and lethal blow beneath the belt.' -- Terence Blacker THE SUNDAY TIMES 'the author is on typically quick-witted form.' -- Jim Blackburn WANDERLUST 'one can admire the zest of the writing and applaud its splendid lack of political correctness.' -- Beryl Bainbridge THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 'he writes beautifully. His chapter on war memorials should be a set text, his defence of political correctness is bold and true, and he really nails the philosophy of the queue.' -- Peter Watts TIME OUT

About Adrian Gill


AA Gill was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of two novels, Sap Rising (1997) and Starcrossed (1999), books on two of London's most famous restaurants, The Ivy and Le Caprice, and a travel book, AA Gill is Away. He is the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times and is a contributing editor to GQ magazine. He lives in London and spends much of his year travelling.

Additional information

GOR001080465
The Angry Island: Hunting the English by Adrian Gill
Adrian Gill
The Hungry Student
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2005-11-10
288
0297843184
9780297843184
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.