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In Search of Albion

From Cornwall to Cumbria: A Ride Through England's Hidden Soul

By (author) Colin Irwin
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Andre Deutsch Ltd
Published: 2nd May 2006
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 20mm
Weight: 272g
ISBN-10: 0233001654
ISBN-13: 9780233001654
Barcode No: 9780233001654
Synopsis
Offering a warm, amusing and largely anecdotal commentary on modern England, Colin Irwin seeks out the traditional events, festivals and gigs that are becoming increasingly sidelined in our rapidly changing era of instant communication, multi-culturalism and Pop Idol. During his travels, Irwin drinks with eccentrics, sings with strangers and visits a succession of seriously bizarre events and rituals, such as a concert in Dartmoor Prison, sedan chair racing in Lancaster, people flying in Bognor and swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas Day. He discovers that while the world shrinks, there's an increasing tendency for communities to look inwardly at their own heritage. He finds that while the old ways may be in hiding they still thrive and - chatting along the way to iconic characters - that even English folk music is enjoying a resurgence.

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"'This book really is accessible to readers from all walks of life and I challenge you not to be chuckling away to yourself by the end of the first chapter!' - Accent 'Irwin loves his roots, both geographical and musical, and it shows. Meet many familiar folk in this hilarious and insightful romp round England's customs and eccentricities. A must-read.' - BBC.co.uk"