Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Apr 2, 2008 - Social Science - 440 pages
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Witty and wise, Fox explores a culture governed by unspoken rules and a bizarre code of conduct.

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A wonderful, humourous introduction to life in England. - Goodreads
I found this book exceptionally difficult to read. - Goodreads
But it's a great book, well-researched and detailed. - Goodreads
I also think it makes a pretty neat writing companion. - Goodreads
Research material :) - Goodreads
A page turner academic non-fiction novel-textbook. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Murali Neelakantan - Goodreads

I am not sure why this book was written - it seems to be unsure of its audience. If it was for the lay person like me, it has too much pseudo - academic analysis to keep one from enjoying the subject ... Read full review

Review: Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

User Review  - Amanda Bolderston - Goodreads

An insightful and funny look at the English "dis-ease" (chronic social inhibition) and the culture of negative politeness that characterises the "tribe". This rather depressing diagnosis is sweetened ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, is co-director of the Social Issues Research Center in Oxford. She is the author of Watching the English and Passport to the Pub.

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