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How to be an Alien in England: A Guide to the English

How to be an Alien in England: A Guide to the English

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A wry, often affectionate view on the English, and how to navigate our national personality.

Author Angela Kiss

‘In England everything is typical. If your train is late, it is typical. If there are no seats on the upper deck of a bus, it is typical. If its start to rain at five o’clock just before you leave work, it is typical.’

‘The English do not like to be wished “Have a nice day”, because to them it sounds like a command. They think, Who the hell do you think you are to order me to have a nice day?’

Ten years ago, Angela Kiss arrived in the UK without a word of English. All she brought with her was a small bag, a sense of adventure, a desire to work and a copy of George Mikes’ classic 1940s’ humour book about the peculiarities of the British, How to be an Alien.

Through every dodgy flat share, low-paid waitressing job, awkward date and office mishap, Angela held tight to George’s wit and wisdom. With his help she began to understand how to live amongst the English – with their eccentricity, spirit and singing train drivers – and fell in love with a land rich in green spaces, pubs and puddings.

A wry, often affectionate view on the English, and how to navigate our national personality.

  • Brand:
    September Publishing
  • Product Code:
    9781910463215
  • Weight:
    0.25kg
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