Clarissa's England

  • by Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Narrated by Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author of Spilling the Beans, takes her personal journey around the different regions of England. The quintessential Englishwoman Clarissa Dickson Wright takes us on a personal journey through the country of her birth.
From Cornwall to Cumbria, Norfolk to Northumbria she brings her extraordinary knowledge, huge passion, forthright opinions and inimitable wit to the distinctive history and regional character of every corner of England. In her cornucopia of local knowledge she reveals, for example, how Boudicca was the original Essex girl, that Lincolnshire has a coriander crop second only in size to India's, and just why a Cornish pasty should never contain carrots.
As much an entertaining narrative as it is a travel companion, Clarissa's England will amuse, enlighten, surprise and delight all those who listen to it.

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Definitely recommended

Having been a great fan of the Two Fat Ladies cooking program (as well as admiring Clarissa for her sense of humor in doing an episode of the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous), I looked forward to this one, and wasn't disappointed! In a (roughly) clockwise manner, she focuses on most (not quite all, avoiding metro London itself) English counties, giving an overview of how each has fit into her life, as well as historical and culinary highlights of the area. Narration may not be technically top-notch, but the author does do inflection well, especially in terms of dry humor. One odd point is that there's no final, concluding section at all; the book just ends rather abruptly.

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- John S.

My New "Go to Sleep" Book.. (a compliment)

What did you love best about Clarissa's England?

I use Audio books to overcome insomnia. In order to be effective, the book must have a subject that's sufficiently interesting to keep me from my own busy thoughts, but also mundane enough to not stimulate those thoughts through the night. Clarissa's voice is melodic, her descriptions are compelling, and I'm glad to learn more about the places my ancestors came from back.. in.... zzzzzzzz.


What other book might you compare Clarissa's England to and why?

The Martian also works for insomnia.


Which scene was your favorite?

Hunting stags from horses, netting eels for three thousand pounds, and how AA made it to the UK... but they're pretty much all like that.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible


Any additional comments?

Got any more like this one Clarissa?

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- sixtiesdad "designer/producer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton