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In this completely revised and updated edition of international bestseller WATCHING THE ENGLISH, anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.

Now with new survey data to add weight to her original fieldwork findings, and more extensive field-research and experiments to back up earlier observations, Kate Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and over 100 updates. If you're English, this new edition of Kate Fox's acclaimed international bestseller will make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted – and if you aren't English you'll finally understand all our peculiar little ways.

WATCHING THE ENGLISH has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into many languages. Not only a worldwide bestseller, but also a set text for university anthropology courses, WATCHING THE ENGLISH has been widely praised as a revealing and entertaining dissection of the English national character.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Revised edition edition (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIUGEO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Entertaining and honest

2 people found this helpful.
 on 15 October 2017
By Vicuña
Kate Fox explores what it means to ‘be English’ in an entertaining and accessible way. It’s an engaging academic account of social attitudes and rules, presented for the lay reader. It’s funny, filled with insight and challenges many day to day situations. Why do English people queue? What happens when socially accepted norms and boundaries are crossed?To what extent is individuality subsumed by an apparent desire to conform to particular rules?

Written with great sympathy and fondness and unpacking what lies behind English …

One person found this helpful.
 on 5 July 2017
By Yellow Dog
Essential reading for visitors to England wanting to understand why the English are so odd by the standards of the rest of the world but why they so firmly believe that they are the world’s most normal. Written with great sympathy and fondness and unpacking what lies behind English traits like the reserve and desire not to disturb.

fun read

2 people found this helpful.
 on 15 May 2016
By Dragojevic Aleksandar
Entertaining, but I am not sure all of it is true.

it makes perfect sense. This is the third copy I’ve had …

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 October 2016
By Amazon Customer
Essential reading for approaching the English. For me it works as a reference resource – whenever a scene from a novel, a movie or a piece of news seems implausible or hard to come to terms with I “look it up” in Kate Fox’s book and, usually, it makes perfect sense. This is the third copy I’ve had over the last almost ten years; I circulated the first one (and it didn’t return) and the second one was a gift for a very dear friend who, like myself, is in love with the English culture, civiliation and, ultimately, with the English-NESS.

Anthopology on your doorstep – educational yet fun

 on 21 July 2017
By puddleshark
Irresistible, entertaining, amusing, fascinating read. Get a different understanding and notice patterns in everyday human / cultural interactions.

I loved it

One person found this helpful.
 on 16 February 2013
By Di
Absolutely loved it! Kate Fox is an amazing writer, very funny and entertaining, while at the same time backed with real findings from anthropological and social studies. She really made me understand and love the English, she explains a great deal lot of their culture, behaviour and habits. This was such an eye opener for me, a foreigner in England for 10 years, who used to often feel perplexed and confused by the English way. And now I understand with a smile. Strongly recommend to any Europeans and foreigners living in England, but also to all English people (at least middle class or up:). Enjoy!

funny but real

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 February 2015
By Laura79
I love this book. everything that didn’t make sense about the English, now does. really good sense of humour as well. If you want to understand a bit more about the English, you must read this book.

It’s a must-read for any expat coming to UK

2 people found this helpful.
 on 29 September 2014
By Natalya Naryshkina
It’s a very structured review of the most-likely british people reactions and behaviours in day-to-day situations. It gives a set of rules that is applicable for all. it’s a bit too difficult to read in the beginning as the author is a scientist, but after first couple of chapters it is something that you wait all day to find the time – to read some more of it. It’s the best book I’ve read so far on this topic

So accurate.

 on 18 October 2017
By Dr P S Sheppard
If you know any non-English living in the UK you should buy them this book (and let them have it after reading it yourself)

it is not an easy read as it uses a lot of difficult terms

 on 29 March 2016
By Wickies
The content is incredible. Learned so much from it. The downside is that it’s too long so is not very digestible. Assuming many people who read this book would be foreign immigrants trying to settle down in the UK, the volume of the book is overwhelming. Plus, it is not an easy read as it uses a lot of difficult terms.
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