During the summer you can read some books lo learn English and a lot of things about Bristish culture, history, literature, daily life… There are here some titles:

  • James O’Driscoll, Britain for Learners of English, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • John Randle, Understanding Britain, Oxford, Blackwell.
  • E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (film and book).
  • Evelyn Waug, Brideshead Revisited (film and book).
  • Willy Russell, Educating Rita (film and book), about how Open University classes changed the life of a working-class woman.
  • Charles Dickesn, A Chritsmas Carol.
  • Paul Scott, The Raj Quartet, also set in India.
  • Paul Theroux, The Kingdom by the Sea.
  • Suart Maconie, Pies and Prejudice. In Search of the North, about what the northerners feel about themselves.
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights.
  • Graham Swift, Waterland.
  • Hughes and Tudgill, English Accents and Dialects, Edward Arnold.
  • Kate Fox, Watching the English, Hodder &Stoughton.
  • Nigel Barley, Native Land, Penguin.
  • Georges Mikes, How to be an Alien, How to be Inimitable, How to be Decadent (Penguin), three humorous books.
  • Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island, Britain seen by an outsider.
  • A.A. Gill, The Angry Island.
  • Jeremy Paxman, The English.
  • Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, Yes, Prime Minister (BBC Books and TV series).
  • Sue Townsend, The Queen and I, a fantasy in which the Queen has a dream about her country becoming a republic.
  • Kenneth Harris, The Queen, Orion.
  • Antony Jay, Elizabeth R.: The Role of the Monarchy Today, BBC Books.
  • Andrew Morton, Diana, Her True Story; Diana, Her New Life, Michael O’Mara Books Ltd.
  • Crime and detective stories: Colin Dexter, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, A. Christie…
  • Raymond Seitz, Over here.
  • Philippe Daudy, Les Anglais.
  • Beppe Severgnini, An Italian in Britain.
  • Harry Ritchie, The Last Pink Bits, Sceptre, 1998.
  • Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim.
  • David Lodge, Small World.
  • Tom Sharpe, Wilt.
  • Malcolm Bradbury, Howard Jacobson.
  • Delia Smith, cookery writer.