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The Englishman's Handbook

Or How to Deal with Foreigners

By (author) Idries Shah
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Octagon Press Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 29th Sep 2000
Dimensions: w 160mm h 240mm d 23mm
Weight: 517g
ISBN-10: 0863040772
ISBN-13: 9780863040771
Barcode No: 9780863040771

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Kirkus UK
Something of a thinking man's Bill Bryson, the late Idries Shah, a passionate Islamic apologist and keen observer of people, is another incorrigible Anglophile. That is not to say Bryson is wet and brainless, but where Notes from a Small Island tells it like it is, The Englishman's Handbook seeks to explore 'why'. A prolific writer, Shah's books Darkest England and The Natives Are Restless both explore the complexities of what it is to be British, while The Englishman's Handbook is written to address the problem posed by 'foreigners' to British people, and how to 'deal' with them. It is faultlessly written with tongue always firmly in cheek. Shah was evidently incredibly well read and in awe of the gentle English art of self-deprecation. The book is packed with extracts from the more cerebral daily newspapers - the more ironic, paradoxical or downright daft the better - like the former lion tamer taken on by British Rail to deal with irate customers. He was clearly besotted with all things English, especially the eccentricities. (Kirkus UK)