Watching the English: The International Bestseller Revised and Updated

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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

I often quote from this with clients

 on 14 July 2017
By Liz Scully
Stunningly good. Funny, deep and unpacking English society with care. The section on the ‘invisible queue at the bar’ is uncommonly perceptive and I find myself discussing it with natives and non-natives regularly. I’ve given this book as a gift to people moving to the UK or feeling homesick for it at least 5 times.

Wonderful book which makes a great gift to any American …

4 people found this helpful.
 on 22 January 2015
By charlotte the harlot
Wonderful book which makes a great gift to any American friends you might have . Superbly researched and spot on observations of our middle class eccentricities . I have loaned this out to numerous friends who all loved it . A great read if you want to absolutely get under the skin of us Brits ! Arrived on time well packaged .

I am grateful to Kate Fox for explaining the inexplicable …

2 people found this helpful.
 on 30 May 2016
By Halina Bien
I am grateful to Kate Fox for explaining the inexplicable.

Excellent second edition (I have both) updated to include how …

 on 27 June 2017
By Emptiness
Excellent second edition (I have both) updated to include how the internet and mobile technology, among other things, have impacted British life.

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

 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.

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.

Painfully Accurate Observation

 on 5 May 2016
By Julian Kerrell-Vaughan
Some of the observations about “the English” have had me laughing out loud. These are instantly recognisable by “us” but must be terribly confusing and difficult for anyone else to comprehend, let alone learn

Just wonderful

 on 26 April 2016
By Eileen Kay
As a naturalised Brit, I found this both witty and practical. It explained many silly puzzles. It appreciates the absurdity of so many little customs in England. It is un-English to “gush”, sorry, but this is a gem.

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