In the light of membership of Europe, the loss of an Empire and a devolved United Kingdom, the English no longer seem to know who they are. Using literary sources and interviews, the author attempts to define - or redefine - English identity at the turn of the Millennium.
A brilliantly researched, hugely entertaining study of the English by Britain's best-known broadcaster. In the light of membership of Europe, the loss of an Empire and a devolved United Kingdom, the English no longer know who they are. Covering every aspect of the English identity (from cricket to Cumberland sausages, St George to Bernie Grant, the Book of Common Prayer to Cool Britannia, John Bull to football thugs) and combining popular history with incisive interviews, Jeremy Paxman provides some fascinating and timely answers.