The Englishman’s Handbook by Idries Shah

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This is the third book in Idries Shah’s best-selling and humorous trilogy on why the English are as strange as they are.

The Englishman’s Handbook examines the ‘baffling phenomena of the British and Britishness’.

It presents a manual of handy tips on how to be like a local and ‘muddle through’ as a visitor to English shores, while also providing information to Brits on outsiders and ‘how to deal with them’.

Drawing on anecdotes, cultural observations, and examples from the press, the book contains extraordinary information on how to confuse visitors with the incomprehensible logic that is sheer Englishness.

An illuminating and often hilarious read, The Englishman’s Handbook is just as valuable to the British as it is to foreigners.