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The Anglo Files

A Field Guide to the British

Sarah Lyall (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” —Malcolm Gladwell

Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she set about trying to figure out the British. Part anthropological field study and part memoir, The Anglo Files has already received great acclaim and recognition for the astuteness, humor, and sensitivity with which the author wields her pen.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33476-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A witty, incisive collection of essays . . . on everything English.” — Elle

“A razor-sharp . . . wickedly insightful, decidedly biased account of everything British.” — Graydon Carter

“Lyall is at her tart, observant best.” — Matt Weiland, New York Times Book Review

“Fresh, funny and occasionally wicked.” — Kirkus Reviews

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