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    The Almost Nearly Perfect People (Jonathan Cape) (Paperback) By (author) Michael Booth

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    DescriptionThe whole world wants to learn the secrets of Nordic exceptionalism: Why are the Danes the happiest people in the world, despite having the highest taxes? If the Finns really have the best education system, how come they still think all Swedish men are gay? Are the Icelanders really feral? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastical oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.


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    Title
    The Almost Nearly Perfect People
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Booth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 548 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224089623
    ISBN 10: 0224089625
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DN
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, WH, WT
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23620
    Libri: ENGM5460
    BIC subject category V2: 1DN
    BISAC V2.8: HUM000000
    Libri: SKAN6090
    DC23: 914.804712
    Thema V1.0: WH, WTL
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    06 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michael Booth contributes to numerous British and foreign magazines and all of the UK's broadsheet newspapers. He is the author of four works of non-fiction: Eat, Pray, Eat, which was nominated for a British Travel Press Award in 2012; Just As Well I'm Leaving, nominated for the Irish Times first writers award; Sacre Cordon Bleu, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week; and Sushi and Beyond, winner of the Guild of Food Writers award in 2010. He lives in Denmark with his wife and children.
    Review quote
    "A lively and endearing portrait of our friends in the north." -- Mariella Frostrup Guardian "An enjoyable, funny romp through the region...[Booth's] enthusiasm is contagious." Telegraph "Every page contains at least one extraordinary fact about one or other of the Nordic countries." -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday "A welcome rejoinder to those who cling to the idea of the Nordic region as a promised land...the substance, more often than not, is spot on." Financial Times "Booth is an assiduous excavator of entertaining facts." -- Damian Whitworth The Times