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Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country | [Hugh Dennis]

Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country

Mock the Week and Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis with an hilarious and insightful exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being "British" meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted, or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British.

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Mock the Week and Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis with an hilarious and insightful exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being "British" meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted, or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British.

And then the London Olympics came along. We gave the world a gleaming new vision of Britain; a smiling Britain of achievement, a Britain responsible for leading the world into the modern era through the Agrarian and Industrial Revolutions, a nation proud to embrace multiculturalism, individuality, and eccentricity. A country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute.

The unexpected legacy of the Games has been a Britain with a new found self-confidence in which we all know how to be British. A Britain which should be embarrassed by nothing and proud of everything, from sheep to chimneys to the Spice Girls to industrial action and what had always previously been described as our "ailing transport network". A Britain which having been pinned firmly in its own half, has dribbled the length of the field, nutmegged the defenders, unleashed a curling dipping shot into the top right-hand corner, scored a wonder goal and is now kissing the badge.

This is Hugh Dennis' exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

©2013 Hugh Dennis (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • Sue McW
    UK
    7/28/13
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    "Informative and entertaining read"

    If you enjoy Hugh Dennis' laid-back approach and the light-hearted tone to his voice, then this is the audiobook for you. You will learn a lot of surprising information about Britain and its people through history, and the present day. The clearly defined subjects for each chapter mean you can dip in and out if you so wish. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    2/10/14
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    "Google It!"

    I like Hugh Dennis, and he does an excellent job of narrating his own book here, as he has done with the tomes of others when drafted in to read BBC Radio 4's "Book of the Week" on more than one occasion.

    The idea is a good one - what IS it that makes the British feel that they stand apart? He explores this using a thematic structure - food, weather, sport etc.The content is even interesting for the most part and I learned some stuff I didn't know.

    Here's the rub though; it is not an audiobook I'd listen to again in a hurry because the overriding thought I had as I listened along was that I was merely listening to one man's internet surfing results. I had this mental picture of Mr Dennis sat in front of his computer late at night just filtering the results that Google turned up when he entered his chosen search terms.

    It's a pity, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted too. He's an engaging author with a good book in him I'm sure, so I hope that he has another go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "Light but interesting book"
    What did you like best about Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country? What did you like least?

    I wanted something light to listen to during a hospital stay. I enjoyed the book and was just what I was after but I think if I had read it when on top-form it would have been less engaging. There were some parts that made me laugh aloud but on the whole is mildly amusing rather than side-splitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haroon
    Eton, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Vapid and unfunny. Waste of money and time. Hugh Dennis reads it quite nicely, though.


    What could Hugh Dennis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better content - either cleverer or funnier.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Hugh Dennis?

    It was very well read.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nicely read.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    12/3/14
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    "Excellent holiday read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country to be better than the print version?

    Always great to have an audio book read by the author especially when it's read by a comedian as good as Hugh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country?

    Hughes description of why we talk about the weather so much is hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst some of the reviews complain about the book being just Hugh Dennis reading Wikipedia, this is actually the point of the book, it's a correction of researched facts and Hugh s hilarious dead pan commentary on the British condition. Great holiday read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • berenice
    JARROW, United Kingdom
    12/1/14
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    "Quietly funny"
    What did you like most about Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country?

    It is an easy listen to book with a quietly funny and quirky style, a mixture of truth and tall tales which at times made me laugh out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country?

    Descriptions of sport and the rules of support I found amusing and informative.


    What about Hugh Dennis’s performance did you like?

    Hugh Dennis voice he delivers the book at a really thoughtful pace and he is so easy to listen to. Unlike some narrators who can get in the way of the story he didn't.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In search of the English, they came, they saw and they left puzzled, slightly confused but with a suspicion someone somewhere was laughing quietly.


    Any additional comments?

    About 2 thirds through the book loses some impetus but I`d still recommend you buy it it is fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • strobe
    11/30/14
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    "gently humorous"
    If you could sum up Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country in three words, what would they be?

    Gentle English humour


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is a simple reflection on britishness, politeness, weather etc


    What about Hugh Dennis’s performance did you like?

    He was just playing himself, like on mock the week etc


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laugh out loud moments, just simple observations, About our usual foibles, the weather, politeness and so on.
    It is a book that can be dipped into, you do not have to listen in one sitting. I took weeks to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ernest
    8/19/14
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    "Dull, boring, yawn... Should stick to radio shows"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A very uninteresting troll through history, going off at all sorts of tangents to fill in time and none of that enlightening or funny... I've always liked Hugh Dennis from his early days on radio/TV, but this is a big zero...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh Dennis again?

    Only his radio shows... Ot if given chance to listen to a trial section beforehand.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hugh Dennis’s performances?

    Yes...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country?

    Too many to list.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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