Britannia in Brief

Britannia in Brief

The Scoop on All Things British

eBook - 2009
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When it comes to Britain, most Americans don't know (Union) Jack. Fortunately, now an Anglo-American husband-and-wife team are here to help with a smart, funny, and handy guide that minds the gap between fact and fiction. From Whigs and Windsors to wankers and Wales, this spit-spot-on reference covers all manner of British history, society, culture, language, and everyday life, including

* the class system, title envy, and a thumbnail sketch of British dynasties
* highlights of the social season (yes, they have a social season)
* Parliament, prime ministers, and a wild variety of political parties
* British sports 101, including football (by which we mean soccer), cricket, rugby, snooker, and darts
* answers to the pressing question: What's on the telly?
* British culinary delights, from Marmite to late-night tikka masala
* odd pronunciations (e.g., how "St. John" becomes "Sin Jun")
* cockney slang, or why you should never get caught "telling porkies on the dog"
* Londoners' pride in the Tube and the truth about trainspotting

So whether you're traveling to England on business or for pleasure, dating a Brit, hoping to comfort a homesick Londoner (whip up a treacle tart, recipe included), or simply curious about life across the pond, Britannia in Brief is the perfect companion.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780345512901
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Additional Contributors: Mullins, William 1968-


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