Icons of England

Icons of England

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This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies. First published as a lavish colour coffeetable book, this new expanded paperback edition has double the original number of contributions from many celebrities including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Adie, Kevin Spacey, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Mabey , Simon Jenkins, John Sergeant, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joan Bakewell, Antony Beevor, Libby Purves, Jonathan Dimbleby, and many more: and a new preface by HRH Prince Charles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 339.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W illustrations throughout
  • 0552776351
  • 9780552776356
  • 7,527

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"An icon in itself, with essays from many great writers on their favourite English sights" The Times "bsolute must for Anglophiles of all ages... A delightfully wistful book, written with enormous affection" She "A collection of thought-provoking essays celebrating Britain's rural heritage" Business to Business
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About Bill Bryson

Formed in 1926, CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) is one of the longest-established campaigning environmental groups in England. Bill Bryson was President of the CPRE from 2007-2012.
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Review Text

"bsolute must for Anglophiles of all ages... A delightfully wistful book, written with enormous affection"
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Back cover copy

There are particular places in England that come as close to perfection as you’re ever likely to find on this planet.
Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson invited over ninety of our best-loved writers, broadcasters and commentators to pick their ‘icons of England’. The resulting celebration of the English countryside is an idiosyncratic and personal collection that ranges across landscape, history, cherished memories and that most English of subjects, the weather.

Contributions from, among others:

Antony Beevor Alan Titchmarsh Sebastian Faulks Michael Palin Andrew Marr Rick Stein Jo Brand Sister Wendy Beckett Jonathan Dimbleby Wendy Cope Joan Bakewell Dick Francis Robert Macfarlane Melvyn Bragg Eric Clapton John Sergeant Kevin Spacey Kate Adie Simon Jenkins Simon Barnes Zac Goldsmith Ronald Blythe Libby Purves
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686 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 18% (122)
4 28% (190)
3 38% (259)
2 14% (96)
1 3% (19)
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