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Adventures on the High Teas By Stuart Maconie

Adventures on the High Teas
by Stuart Maconie

Is Middle England about tradition and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded market towns and binge drinkers in the park? Stands the church clock still at ten to three, and is there honey still for tea? And is Slough really as bad as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out?
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Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie

Everyone talks about 'Middle England'. Sometimes they mean something bad, like a lynch mob of tabloid readers, and sometimes they mean something good, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village. But just where and what is Middle England? Stuart Maconie didn't know either, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and set off to find out...Is Middle England about tradition and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded market towns and binge drinkers? Does it hark back to the myth of Merrie England or is it a modern concept borne of Top Gear and Princess Diana? Stuart Maconie leads an expedition by rail and road - via Carnforth and Adelstrop, Scratchwood and Tebay - in search of Jane Austen's Bath, Disgusted's Tunbridge Wells, Tom & Barbara Good's Surbiton, Betjeman and Brent's Slough, Elgar's Malverns, Inspector Barnaby's Midsomer and Thatcher's Grantham - with plenty of stop-offs for tea and pastries along the way.

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About Stuart Maconie


Stuart Maconie is a journalist and writer, and is familiar to millions as a TV and radio presenter. He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 every Monday - Wednesday evening, as well as The Freak Zone on 6Music on Sunday afternoons, and has written and presented dozens of other shows on BBC Radio. His TV work includes presenting the BBC's On Trial shows, Pop on Trial and Style on Trial, as well as Stuart Maconie's TV Towns, a popular gazeteer of major British cities and their roles in modern cultural life for ITV 4 and The Cinema Show/The DVD Collection on BBC 4. His other books include the acclaimed official biographies of both Blur and James. He can name GQ Man of the Year and Sony Awards Radio Broadcaster of the Year amongst his accolades. He has a regular column in The Radio Times, Country Walking and writes for WORD magazine and Daily Mirror. He lives in Birmingham and Cumbria and is happiest when fell-walking with his dog, Muffin.

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GOR001222092
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Ebury Publishing
2009-03-05
352
0091926505
9780091926502
N/A
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