The English nation is lying prone on the analyst’s couch, ready to unburden itself. It could really do with a gin and tonic, or some quiet time watching the cricket. A cup of tea would be nice. But the nation has issues it wants to get off its chest. It feels an overwhelming need to reveal some of its national characteristics and share some of its more eccentric traits.
The stiff upper lip is starting to quiver… it’s about to reveal what’s going on behind the façade…
Annie Harrison’s sharp wit leads the reader on an irreverent romp across the nation’s character, poking fun at the way the English people live, speak, eat, behave and amuse themselves. And she should know, because she’s one of them.
The Oddball English is strewn with anecdotes, quotes, jokes and links to YouTube. This gentle mockery encapsulates and describes the weird ways of the English people, particularly the odd things that baffle visitors to this country the most.
So take a look inside to discover a few humorous yet patronising snippets of what makes the English tick. You’re invited to feast on English food – mushy peas or Marmite anyone? You’ll be coerced into joining the English in their leisurely exploits – bring on the Morris dancers and get ready to jump off a cliff in the cheese rolling competition! Or how about a family treat to see cross-dressing adults performing in children’s pantomime? Annie will even guide you in some of the country’s rich regional accents and dialects: ‘I like Al Pacino at the Colonel Gadaffi.’ (‘I like cappuccino at the café’ – if you’re talking to a Cockney) or ‘Ehrm, can yews hair de jokhes sittin arra bakh?’ (‘Can you hear the jokes at the back?’ – if you’re in Liverpool.)
Annie primes the quirky English to take the lid off their class system, their xenophobia and the country’s regional differences to reveal some national obsessions: saying sorry all the time, tediously drawn out goodbyes, the love of football, gardening, personal space on trains and queuing, plus why everyone talks about the weather and drinks tea all the time. She reveals how the English are embarrassed by their own patriotism, yet have transformed their old-fashioned, bowler-hatted, rotten teeth, bad food, always-the-Hollywood-villain stereotypical image into one of cool sophistication, now teaching the world how to cook.
Find extracts at blog.theoddballenglish.com
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‘It’s bloody brilliant, actually. Join the queue for this book.’ - Joe Bloggs
‘The Oddball English – obviously a nation of emotionally constipated, cricket-loving, fish and chip-eating stereotypes, but peek a little closer and you’ll discover a rich variety of oddballs.’ - John Smith
‘Essential reading for visitors to England trying to figure out the English people.’ – Sweet Fanny Adams