Best-selling author of Spilling the Beans, takes her personal journey around the different regions of England. The quintessential Englishwoman Clarissa Dickson Wright takes us on a personal journey through the country of her birth.
From Cornwall to Cumbria, Norfolk to Northumbria she brings her extraordinary knowledge, huge passion, forthright opinions and inimitable wit to the distinctive history and regional character of every corner of England. In her cornucopia of local knowledge she reveals, for example, how Boudicca was the original Essex girl, that Lincolnshire has a coriander crop second only in size to India's, and just why a Cornish pasty should never contain carrots.
As much an entertaining narrative as it is a travel companion, Clarissa's England will amuse, enlighten, surprise and delight all those who listen to it.
©2012 Clarissa Dixon Wright (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
Having been a great fan of the Two Fat Ladies cooking program (as well as admiring Clarissa for her sense of humor in doing an episode of the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous), I looked forward to this one, and wasn't disappointed! In a (roughly) clockwise manner, she focuses on most (not quite all, avoiding metro London itself) English counties, giving an overview of how each has fit into her life, as well as historical and culinary highlights of the area. Narration may not be technically top-notch, but the author does do inflection well, especially in terms of dry humor. One odd point is that there's no final, concluding section at all; the book just ends rather abruptly.
"Some interesting bits"
I like the idea of a jolly tour around the counties, with a bit of history and quirky stories thrown in. I do like Clarissa, but I found her narration of this book a little stilted considering it's her book. I want to say that I loved the book but somehow it just doesn't flow.
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