Icons of England
Edited by Bill Bryson

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Narrated By: David Rintoul, Barnaby Edwards, Ben Eagle, Terence Wilton, Sara Poyzer, Homer Todiwala, Leda Hodgson, Sara Novak

Duration: 6 hours and 37 minutes

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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 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.

© Bill Bryson 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


The countryside, country life: general interest

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The Times

A collection of thought-provoking essays celebrating Britain's rural heritage

Business to Business

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