Engel's England : England in 39 Counties and one capital city
England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the beginning.
Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.
He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – Engel always finds the unexpected.
Engel’s Englandis a totally original look at an often unknown country: quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.