You will learn how we would be as freezing cold as Siberia without the Gulf Stream; why we drive on the left-hand side of the road; why the Midlands became the home of the British curry. It identifies the materials that make England, too: the faint pink Aberdeen granite of kerbstones; that precise English mix of air temperature, smell and light that hits you the moment you touch down at Heathrow. Praise for Harry Mount: “Highly readable, encyclopaedic, marvellous, illuminating.
Mount portrays England via dextrous excavations of its geography, geology, history and weather”. (“Independent”). “Fascinating. Mount’s an intelligent, funny and always interesting companion”. (“Daily Mail”). “Charming and nerdily fact-stuffed”. (“Guardian”). Harry Mount is the author of “Amo, Amas, Amat and All That”, his best-selling book on Latin, and “A Lust for Window Sills – A Guide to British Buildings”. A journalist for many newspapers and magazines, he has been a New York correspondent and a leader writer for the “Daily Telegraph”. He studied classics and history at Oxford, and architectural history at the Courtauld Institute. He lives in north London.