“Wry, rueful, funny, packed with knowledge… it is simply the most enjoyable commentary on today’s England that could be imagined.” – John Carey, Sunday Times

“A joy and a treasure trove… Do not leave your county without it.” – Jasper Rees, The Oldie

“It’s a lovely book, hugely funny at times.” – Rod Liddle, The Spectator

” If you could bottle his wit, it would taste as sharp, rich and savoury as Worcestershire sauce on a Cornish pasty stuffed to bursting.” – Iain Finlayson, The Times

“Immensely enjoyable… Engel is a wonderfully wry comic writer.” – Ian Sansom, The Guardian

“Engel… has managed to do the seemingly impossible and find a new way of writing about England.” – Michael Prodger, Financial Times

“My old friend Matthew Engel has written a beautiful book… Rather unexpectedly, the book reveals a deeply hidden spiritual side.” – Simon Barnes, Eastern Daily Press

“Engel has the perfect light, humorous touch.” – New Statesman

“Matthew Engel, the most stylish and entertaining of authors, has written an enchanting book.” – Mike Amos, Northern Echo

“Wonderful” – Richard Coles, Saturday Live, Radio 4

“Ein wunderbares Buch, das ich jedem Englandfan empfehlen kann” – Ingos England-Blog, Germany