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The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the Britishby Sarah Lyall
Synopses & Reviews
'Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers, the people who extracted their own teeth), she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life. The roller-coaster decade of Tony Blair\'s New Labor government was an increasingly materialistic time when old-world symbols of aristocratic privilege and stiff-upper-lip sensibility collided with modern consumerism, overwrought emotion, and a new (but still unsuccessful) effort to make the trains run on time. Appearing a half-century after Nancy Mitford\'s classic Noblesse Oblige, Lyall\'s book is a brilliantly witty account of twenty-first-century Britain that will be recognized as a contemporary classic.'
'Dispatches from the new Britain: a slyly funny and compulsively readable portrait of a nation finally refurbished for the twenty-first century.\n
An American reporter best known for her lighthearted dispatches on her adopted home in London shares whimsical observations about Tony Blair's New Labor government and its interrelation with old-world and modern cultural values. A best-selling New York Times Editor's Choice. Reprint.
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 the Author
Sarah Lyallgrew up in New York City and writes for the New York Timesin London. She lives there with her husband, the writer Robert McCrum, and their two daughters.
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