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  • Published: 1 September 1986
  • ISBN: 9780141927015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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How to be a Brit

The Classic Bestselling Guide




The timeless and laugh-out-loud bestseller on the quirks of being British

George Mikes's perceptive manual for everyone who longs to attain True Britishness provides a complete guide to the British Way of Life. Having been born in Hungary, he eventually spent more than forty years in the field, and the fruits of his labour include insights on important topics including the weather, how to be rude and how to panic quietly.

Loved by readers and authors alike, How to Be a Brit contains Mikes's three major works - How to be an Alien, How to be Inimitable and How to be Decadent. If you're British, you'll love it; if you're a foreigner, you'll appreciate it.

- How to plan a town: "Street names should be painted clearly and distinctly on large boards. Then hide these boards carefully."
- Queuing: "An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one."
- Sex: "Continental people have sex lives: the English have hot water bottles."

  • Published: 1 September 1986
  • ISBN: 9780141927015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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Praise for How to be a Brit

How to be an Alien inspired me ... Some of his observations remain remarkably fresh and relevant 70 years later, but it's his tone that impressed me

Erin Moore, author of That's Not English

An instant classic

Francis Wheen on 'How to Be an Alien'

Bill Bryson is George Mikes' love-child

Jeremy Paxman

Brilliantly comical

Pico Iyer on 'How to Be an Alien', New York Times

Brilliantly comical

Pico Iyer on 'How to Be an Alien', New York Times

Full of the very best advice that any would-be Brit should need (and for those of us who have forgotten exactly how it is to be ourselves) it's a jolly good read

The Telegraph

I love it and read it cover to cover. Also has good tips for talking about the weather, not that we need them

Rachel Johnson

I used to think that Mikes's world has gone, but it has returned to us in spades via the referendum.

Nick Fraser, The Guardian

In all the miseries which plague mankind, there is hardly anything better than such radiant humour as is given to you. Everyone must laugh with you - even those who are hit with your little arrows.

Albert Einstein to George Mikes

Mikes is a master of the laconic yet slippery put-down: "The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink"

Henry Hitchings

This is the vital textbook for Brits, would-be Brits, and anyone who wonders what being a Brit really means. Pass me my hot water bottle, please

Dame Esther Rantzen

Very funny

The Economist

Wise and witty

William Cook on 'How to Be an Alien', Spectator

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