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England, Their England

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I put this on my to-be-read list sometime last year and promptly forgot about it, so when I came across it again, I wasn't quite sure why I was reading it, but what I found was a lovely, gentle, whimsical satire which is well worth a read.

If you do not have a society account or have forgotten your username or password, please contact your society. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal.The cricket field itself was a mass of daisies and buttercups and dandelions, tall grasses and purple vetches and thistle-down, and great clumps of dark-red sorrel, except, of course, for the oblong patch in the centre—mown, rolled, watered—a smooth, shining emerald of grass, the Pride of Fordenden, the Wicket. Although the rest of his books have been largely forgotten, several of them earned accolades during his lifetime.

And it was a striking testimony to the mathematical and ballistical skill of the professor that the ball landed with a sharp report upon the top of his head.

The very gentlest of satire - in fact it's really just a fawning, book-length love letter to the English. The main misgiving is that this is generally just an asortment of set pieces between various bars, cricket pitches and periodicals, with Donald a fairly passive observer. Worth persevering with, this “classic comic novel” from 1933 is an interesting portrayal of England and the English with all their stereotypical and often amusing foibles and characteristics. For librarians and administrators, your personal account also provides access to institutional account management. Subversively, against this Macdonnell places “bright young things” who are still partying, still determinedly having fun as a reaction to the deaths of the Great War.

For younger bookworms – and nostalgic older ones too – there’s the Slightly Foxed Cubs series, in which we’ve reissued a number of classic nature and historical novels.

I've worked on the land all my life, and the least I've ever earned is four and six a week and the most is twenty nine shillings. At 7 o'clock the sky over Lambeth was all pigeon-blue and mother-of-pearl and jade-green and citron and topaz" - gorgeous. Macdonell also wrote six mystery novels under the name 'Neil Gordon', one of them in collaboration with Milward Kennedy. It is regarded as one of the classics of English humour and is much-loved by readers for its evocation of England between the wars.

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