Regular price: $13.85

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $13.85

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite - or is it something less easily defined?
Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Cooper's Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. Not to mention the Dunkirk spirit of relentless optimism in the face of adversity, be it the heroic failure of Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition or simply the perennial hope for better weather.
The archetypal Englishman - lover of Labradors and Land Rovers yet holder of two passports - Ben applauds all things quintessentially English while also paying tribute to the history, culture and ideas adopted with such gusto that they have become part of the fabric of the country. Written with Ben's trademark warmth and wit, this is a lighthearted yet touching tribute to all things English.
©2017 Ben Fogle (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

"Funny, entertaining and really rather inspiring, too." ( Daily Mail)
"A great escapade told with refreshing frankness." ( The Independent on Sunday)
"Passionate and well-researched." ( Tatler)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 11-03-17

Not quite what I hoped for.

First I’ll start with the good point: the narration was great. I always like listening to the English accent. Now for the book, I must say it was a bit of a letdown. The umbrella on the cover pretty much says it all. A huge part of the book talks weather and you can really only listen to so much of that before it gets old. The rest of the book was so-so. I would’ve liked there to be a bit more humor. There were a few attempts at it , but nothing to write home about. Just so-so.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Jamie on 11-29-17

enjoyed fully

really enjoyed this book its well worth the listen Ben has explored ENGLISHNESS brilliantly and everything is relatable

Read More Hide me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc