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The Angry Island

The Angry Island

(2003)
Hunting the English
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Think of England, and anger hardly springs to mind as its primary national characteristic. Yet in The Angry Island, A. A. Gill argues that, in fact, it is plain old fury that is the wellspring for England's accomplishments.

The default setting of England is anger. The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly livid much of the time. They're incensed, incandescent, splenetic, prickly, touchy, and fractious. They can be mildly annoyed, really annoyed and, most scarily, not remotely annoyed. They sit apart on their half of a damply disappointing little island, nursing and picking at their irritations. The English itch inside their own skins. They feel foreign in their own country and run naked through their own heads.

Perhaps aware that they're 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, cul-de-sacs and garden sheds, and almost every game ever invented from tennis to bridge. They've built things, discovered stuff, made puddings, written hymns and novels, and for people who don't like to talk much, they have come up with the most minutely nuanced and replete language ever spoken -- just so there'll be no misunderstandings.

The Angry Island by turns attacks and praises the English, bringing up numerous points of debate for Anglophiles and anyone who wonders about the origins of national identity. This book hunts down the causes and the results of being the Angry Island.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Angry Island: Hunting the English
Author(s): A A Gill
ISBN: 1-4165-3173-4 / 978-1-4165-3173-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: The Angry Island: Hunting the English
Author(s): Adrian Gill
ISBN: 0-297-84318-4 / 978-0-297-84318-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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September 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: The Angry Island
Author(s): A A Gill
ISBN: 0-304-35930-0 / 978-0-304-35930-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated
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Paperback Editions

August 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Angry Island: Hunting the English
Author(s): A A Gill
ISBN: 1-4165-3175-0 / 978-1-4165-3175-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Angry Island: Hunting the English
Author(s): AA Gill
ISBN: 0-7538-2096-X / 978-0-7538-2096-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2007 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Angry Island: Hunting the English
Author(s): A A Gill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   



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