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I’m heading to London on Friday and looking forward to revisiting the first city I lived in after college. With that in mind, this month’s ‘Book It’ post is all about books set in England. Do you have any other recommendations?
I’ve never been able to get into Bill Bryson’s books. I think the best I’ve done is maybe finish reading two chapters before I just moved on to something else. That said, you can’t really talk about books set in England (especially from a travel perspective) without mentioning Bryson’s work. I’m going to give him another shot by reading Notes from a Small Island which follows his journey and insights around England after living there for nearly two decades.
This book is not an easy read…but if you’ve spent any time living in England as an expat or consider yourself an anglophile you’ll want to pick it up! In Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, social anthropologist, Kate Fox, describes and tries to explain the English quirks, behaviors and rules of society to us outsiders. I first read the book soon after moving back home to the US and had a lot of, “So, that’s why they do that…” moments as I tried to understand what I had noticed happening all around me. While it’s pretty dense, filled with information, examples and statistics, it’s also really interesting and amusing.
And finally, just for fun, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, but have you read the book? Is it silly? Yes. But it’s also a quick and light read – perfect for long plane rides or layovers when you can’t concentrate too much!
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