rating: 3 of 5 stars
This collection of essays starts with the premise that the defining characteristic of England is anger and looks at a number of things through that prism. At times this works better than at others - the essays on Political Correctness and Letchworth Garden City, to name two, fail to live up to their promise. Oddly, he's left out several topics that one would have thought were fertile ground for his anger (eg, Education).
The reality is that Gill is the Angry Essayist, albeit one with a sense of humour about his anger, and when he's deeply connected to his topic it's quite good. I'm not sure that this book will explain England to anyone, although some readers may assume it does.
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