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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 10-09-13

Definitely recommended

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.

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Good, though takes getting used to

It took me a while to get used to her accents & speaking style. Also she has some interests that I dont share. But overall, it's quite an interesting take on England & I got several vacation ideas.

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My New "Go to Sleep" Book.. (a compliment)

What did you love best about Clarissa's England?

I use Audio books to overcome insomnia. In order to be effective, the book must have a subject that's sufficiently interesting to keep me from my own busy thoughts, but also mundane enough to not stimulate those thoughts through the night. Clarissa's voice is melodic, her descriptions are compelling, and I'm glad to learn more about the places my ancestors came from back.. in.... zzzzzzzz.

What other book might you compare Clarissa's England to and why?

The Martian also works for insomnia.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hunting stags from horses, netting eels for three thousand pounds, and how AA made it to the UK... but they're pretty much all like that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible

Any additional comments?

Got any more like this one Clarissa?

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Through Clarissa's Eyes

I loved rambling through England with the Fat Lady. She was funny, intelligent and clearly in love with her country & it's fascinating history. But I was often sad when listening because Clarissa died too soon.

I liked that she paused between each chapter and county she covered.

I will hunt up a hard copy and with it in hand, Will listen again.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-05-13

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-14

Most enjoyable

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Most enjoyable account of the different counties of England. I liked how Clarissa spoke about the aspects of each county which I personally did not know. I was educated in many things. However this book is not for those who are anti hunting etc. For me I was able to ignore the references to hunting to be able to take in the rest of the book.

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  • John Hayes
  • 06-08-14

Spiffing stuff on a great journey!

Would you consider the audio edition of Clarissa's England to be better than the print version?

Never read the printed version, but enjoyed Clarissa's delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Clarissa's England?

Her various put downs of Tony Blair...anyone who does that gets my vote!Always interesting yarns on each county and lots that I had never heard before.

Which character – as performed by Clarissa Dickson Wright – was your favourite?

There were too many to mention.

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

A romp from start to finish, they don't make 'em like her anymore!

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Very interesting facts & history, always kept fresh, never dull by Clarissa and never by halves...excellent listen and one that I always looked forward to getting back to.Would have loved her at a dinner party, bet she would have been the last to bugger off!

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  • G. Williams
  • 06-14-17

Great Book

Another great book by Clarissa although it's more of a companion to her auto biography really, its not one to start off with. If you have read Spilling The Beans and Rifling through my drawers then it really is a must

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  • Vicuña
  • 08-13-17

Interesting, well told

If you could sum up Clarissa's England in three words, what would they be?

Self centred, quirky, interesting.

What does Clarissa Dickson Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She doesn't read particularly well, but the stories are varied.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No thanks.

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Clarissa Dickson Wright is fascinating, but rather odious. She picks up on interesting facts and has many tales, but I don't believe she was a nice person. On balance, this book confirmed my doubts about her. Personable superficially, but hard and ruthless.

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  • Mr. B. Trotter
  • 08-02-17

Pompous probably can't spell zeitgeist

I'm so glad I have never met anyone of this woman's peers
Her first book, I quite enjoyed for what is was, a confession of utterly pointless life.
Her Leicester story. Well I don't know why a tabloid never picked this up.
In my opinion disgraceful racist commentary on her getting lost in Leicester
This book is awful, a boring dirge
She name drops constantly, gives plus points to places for having a good shop to buy silver service.
She applauds Eton for turning out drones.
If there ever there is a revolution Clazza 'sic, and her Ilk will be the straws that breaks the Camels back.
Ordinary people don't meet her people
When or if they do, it won't be pretty

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