Review By Cheryl Bolen
Here is England
Ariel Books (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
New York, 1965
The front dust jacket of this book bills itself "An informal
introduction to a great country, written especially for American
Even though this was first published in 1965, it isnít really that
The book is divided into the following chapters: Celts, Romans,
Countrymen; Small and Wet; Saints, Kings and a Stone; London and "the
City"; Other Cities; Workshop England; Picking Up Loose Threads;
Park-like England; Civil Wars and a "Glorious Revolution" and
Constitutional Monarchy; Parliament and How it Works; From Canterbury to
Conventry; and Current Events.
At the end of the book is an appendix of British monarchs from the
year 827 A.D.
Burtonís tone is that of a kindly middle-grade school teacher.
The best chapter in the book is the one on how Parliament works. It
is full of interesting tidbits, such as:
|The Speakerís [of the House
of Commons] most severe disciplinary measure against a
Member of Parliament is to "name" him. That is, he refers to
him by name Ė as Mr. Brown, Mr. Jones, Mr. Smith or whatever
the Memberís name is Ė instead of referring to him, as is
usual, as "the Right Honorable Member for Xtown" or whatever
his constituency is.
Burton also points out that M.P.s donít "run" for office as they do
in the U.S.; they "stand" for office.
To find out other idiom, customs, and history, Here Is England
is an invaluable source.
This article was first published in The Quizzing Glass in