The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

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Dispatches from the new Britain: a slyly funny and compulsively readable portrait of a nation finally refurbished for the twenty-first century.

Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers, the people who extracted their own teeth), she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life. The roller-coaster decade of Tony Blair's New Labor government was an increasingly materialistic time when old-world symbols of aristocratic privilege and stiff-upper-lip sensibility collided with modern consumerism, overwrought emotion, and a new (but still unsuccessful) effort to make the trains run on time. Appearing a half-century after Nancy Mitford's classic Noblesse Oblige, Lyall's book is a brilliantly witty account of twenty-first-century Britain that will be recognized as a contemporary classic.

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Sarah Lyall grew up in New York City and writes for the New York Times in London. She lives there with her husband, the writer Robert McCrum, and their two daughters.

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When New York native Sarah Lyall relocated to England to work for the London branch of the NEW YORK TIMES, she found herself inspired to report beyond what her position required. Veteran audiobook narrator Cassandra Campbell recounts the entertaining story of the author's transition to her new country, and her study of its history and people. Lending expressive American and British accents to Lyall's masterful grasp of language and insightful humor, Campbell gives unique identities to the myriad of ordinary and unique characters Lyall encounters as she traverses the isle's physical and social geography. Campbell's performance impressively complements the author's occasionally verbose assembly of posts--both quirky and poignant--as she explores what it truly means to be British. A.P.C. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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