The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

432pp 2005 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) S346



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Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope and finds a strange and absorbing culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. Her minute observation of the way we talk, dress, eat, drink, work, play, shop, drive, flirt, fight, queue – and moan about it all – exposes the hidden rules that we all unconsciously obey: the rules of weather-speak, the reflex apology rule, the paranoid-pantomime rule, class indicators and class anxiety tests, the money-talk taboo, humour rules, pub etiquette, table manners, the dangers of excessive moderation, the eccentric-sheep rule, the English 'social dis-ease'.

An absolutely brilliant examination of English culture and how foreigners take as complete mystery the things we take for granted. THE TIMES