Angry Island

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Angry Island

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The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly, livid much of the time. In between the incoherent bellowing of the terraces and the pursed, rigid eye-rolling of the commuter carriage, they reach the end of their tethers and the thin end of their wedges. Theyre incensed, incandescent, splenetic, prickly, touchy and fractious. They sit apart on their half of a damply disappointing little island, nursing and picking at their irritations. Perhaps aware that theyre living on top of a keg of fulminating fury, the English have, throughout their history, come up with hundreds of ingenious and bizarre ways to diffuse anger or transform it into something benign. Good manners and queues, roundabouts and garden sheds, and almost every game ever invented from tennis to bridge. Theyve built things, discovered stuff, made puddings, written hymns and novels, and for people who dont like to talk much, they have come up with the most minutely nuanced and replete language ever spoken - just so therell be no misunderstandings. In this hugely witty, personal and readable book, AA Gill looks anger and the English straight in the eye.

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The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly, livid much of the time. In between the incoherent bellowing of the terraces and the pursed, rigid eye-rolling of the commuter carriage, they reach the end of their tethers and the thin end of their wedges. Theyre incensed, incandescent, splenetic, prickly, touchy and fractious. They sit apart on their half of a damply disappointing little island, nursing and picking at their irritations. Perhaps aware that theyre living on top of a keg of fulminating fury, the English have, throughout their history, come up with hundreds of ingenious and bizarre ways to diffuse anger or transform it into something benign. Good manners and queues, roundabouts and garden sheds, and almost every game ever invented from tennis to bridge. Theyve built things, discovered stuff, made puddings, written hymns and novels, and for people who dont like to talk much, they have come up with the most minutely nuanced and replete language ever spoken - just so therell be no misunderstandings. In this hugely witty, personal and readable book, AA Gill looks anger and the English straight in the eye.
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Title Angry Island Height 197 mm
A A Gill , AA Gill , A A Gill Width 129 mm
ISBN-13 9780753820964 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #075382096X Spine Width 20 mm
Publisher Orion Pages 256
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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