So what is this England really like and how do the English really see themselves? Intrigued by the many contradictory emotions that the English feel for their own country, Harry Reid, one of Britain's leading journalists, set out on voyage of discovery. As he travels down the byways and up the highways of this green and pleasant land, he anatomises a country which is still as rich and diverse and eccentric as ever. But is it a country at peace with itself? Has it lost its way? At a time of economic uncertainty and international upheaval would the English fly the flag or would the contrasts between city and village, slum and prosperity, betray a deeper ambiguity about what it actually means to be English? At the end of his journey Harry Reid attempts an analysis of where England is and where it is going .