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Tickling the English

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Nostalgia, identity, eccentricity, gin drinking and occasional violence... these are just some of the themes that stand-up comedian Dara O Briain explores in Tickling the English.

O Briain moved to England many years ago, but when he takes his show on tour around the country - from deserted seaside towns and remote off-shore islands, to sprawling industrial cities and sleepy suburbs - it's clear to him that his adopted home is still a bit of an enigma.

Why do the English pretend to be unhappy all the time?
Why can't they accept they rank about 5th, in everything?
And what's with all the fudge?

But this Irishman loves a challenge; he's certainly got the gregarious personality and the sure-fire wit to bring down the barriers of that famous English reserve, and have a good old rummage inside. Swapping anecdotes with his audiences and spending time wandering in their hometowns, this nosy neighbour holds England up to the light while exploring some of the attitudes he brought over here with him too.

As Dara goes door-to-door in search of England in this part tour diary, part travelogue, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.

Customer Reviews

Dull and disappointing!!

Expected so much more from this given his live performances. Goes into the history of each town too long would have preferred to hear more about the guys he lists on the beginning of each town.

Cost an issue as well as this was half the price at airport come on iTunes you have a great product here and are ripping us of to squeeze that last bit of profit!!

Historic & witty

Tickling the English was a thoroughly enjoyable book for me to read. It had me laughing out loud to myself on several occasions. There are countless highlights I've made so I can return to laugh at my favourite bits. The only criticism I have was that I was about ready for the book to end after I got 3/4 of the way through - however, that could simply be an indication of my short attention span and it certainly doesn't detract from the humour!

Very enjoyable & would recommend it to any of my friends. Well any of my British friends.

A legend creates a greater reputation.

The brilliant sense of humor was throughly brought out in this view of English life written by Dara. I much preferred this to any of Jeremy Clarkson's books. I agree that it does drag on a bit but I still finished the book (still in hysteria). I went to see a show and decided to buy this book. It had me laughing 'till the end!

Tickling the English
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Travel Writing
  • Published: 01 October 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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