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All you ever wanted to know about Pompeii and its citizens

Advantages: Gripping history of the life and times of this ancient city
Disadvantages: None unless you aren't interested in history

Introduction No amount of reading can ever prepare a person for their first sight of Pompeii. It absolutely blows you away. As you enter the city through the Marine Gate then walk along the same streets once used by the original inhabitants, passin ...

ladybracknell 09.11.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Pompeii: The Living City - Alex Butterworth

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Jeremy's starter for ten on who are the English

Advantages: Well-researched, factual, gently irrerevent, thoroughly readable
Disadvantages: None

...As someone who considers himself English but a quarter Scottish, 'and who knows what else further back', Michael Howard’s favourite interviewer is well placed to produce what is basically a new millennium look at the state of the nation (if you're S ...

JOHNV 19.10.2001 · Read full review
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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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Stiff upper lip

Advantages: Interesting and well-written - a different look at all things English
Disadvantages: The maps aren't pink any more ;-)

...How would you define being English? What is the essence of ‘Englishness’? Seems an easy question to tackle, but the more you think about it, the clearer it becomes that England is no longer a nation of tea drinking, cucumber sandwich-eating sh ...

JVL 07.07.2003 · Read full review
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Paxman's people

Advantages: funny and informative, thoroughly researched
Disadvantages: not everyone's cup of tea

...Jeremy Paxman is not to everyone's taste, although I always find his regular battles with Ann Widdecombe on Newsnight very funny. His most recent book, The English, is an excellent read. Paxman examines what it means to be English in the context of the ...

jonathancowley 06.04.2001 · Read full review
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This green and pleasant land?

Advantages: a serious subject dealt with wittily
Disadvantages: not an original idea

...It used to be easy to define the English, they were "polite, unexcitable, reserved, and had hot-water bottles instead of a sex life," so begins Paxman. But then something changed. In this book Paxman asks varous questions about what it means to b ...

AlexMayer 02.07.2000 · Read full review
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