Just where and what is “Middle England?” Is Slough really as bad as Ricky Gervais makes out? From Shakespeare to Midsomer Murders, Stuart Maconie goes in search of the truth, with plenty of stop-offs for tea and pastries.
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Stuart Maconie is a journalist and writer, and is familiar to millions as a TV and radio presenter. He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 every Monday - Wednesday evening, as well as The Freak Zone on 6Music on Sunday afternoons, and has written and presented dozens of other shows on BBC Radio. His TV work includes presenting the BBC's On Trial shows, Pop on Trial and Style on Trial, as well as Stuart Maconie's TV Towns, a popular gazeteer of major British cities and their roles in modern cultural life for ITV 4 and The Cinema Show/The DVD Collection on BBC 4. His other books include the acclaimed official biographies of both Blur and James. He can name GQ Man of the Year and Sony Awards Radio Broadcaster of the Year amongst his accolades. He has a regular column in The Radio Times, Country Walking and writes for WORD magazine and Daily Mirror. He lives in Birmingham and Cumbria and is happiest when fell-walking with his dog, Muffin.Review:
"Adventures on the High Teas is magnificent: sprawling in its research, illuminating, quirky, saddening, fun, often angry and always intensely readable." * Observer * "Stuart Maconie discovers whether Middle England is a place or a feeling... all described with his usual charm and wit." * Lonely Planet * "Maconie's gift is finding beauty in the most unexpected places and after reading this you'll want to call up Google maps and plan your own journey. It's a wonderfully enriching read." * News of the World * "Taken as a whole, the book amounts to a time capsule of England as it is now; it is, in its quirky offbeat way, a celebration of this country's extra-ordinary capacity to accomodate change while remaining essentially the same." -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * "It is these juxtapositions of the high and the low, the hip and the furiously unfashionable, or, if you like, the sublime and the ridiculous, that make Maconie such an entertaining tour guide." -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 352 pages. 8.46x5.31x0.98 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091926505