Heavy Reserves Alert — Anglo Files

After a string of reviews, Anglo Files: a Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyle is piling up holds in some areas (over 70 on 4 copies in one library).

Library purchasing was light, which is odd given the innate appeal of poking fun at the Brits. The PW review probably put buyers off, saying the author’s observations of the British are “neither overly perceptive nor interesting and much of her material is creakingly familiar.”

The consumer reviews have essentially agreed with that assessment, but less harshly. The most recent, in Sunday’s NYT BR says,

Throughout her frequently amusing account of living in England as a reporter for The New York Times, Ms. Lyall takes refuge in roomy generalizations that are hard to refute while at the same time being, at best, half true.

“Frequently amusing” applied to a book on life among the Brits may be all readers need to hear.

Tantor has just released an audio verison which is not yet on order in the libraries I checked.

The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

 Sarah Lyall

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton (August 18, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0393058468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393058468

One Response to “Heavy Reserves Alert — Anglo Files”

  1. Brock Martin Says:

    I agree that the PW review was off-putting – the review, that is. Maybe someone who has immersed her/himself in writings about British culture would find the material creakingly familiar, but is that the average bookstore customer or library user? I shrugged that review off as somewhat of a crank.