Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas. He hosts a show for BBC Radio 6 Music on weekends. He can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.
Stuart Maconie is one of the keenest observers of English identity. Who better to take the temperature of the nation at this uncertain waymark on our national journey?
Deftly weaving history and politics in engaging, conversational prose, The Full English is a love-letter to England written in Maconie’s inimitable style.
There have been classic portraits of a nation in turmoil before. Before Orwell there was Bradfordian polymath JB Priestley, whose English Journey is a warm, funny and tender forgotten classic: scathing about vested interests, intensely patriotic and politically progressive.
Ninety years on, Stuart Maconie undertakes his own inventory of the English, with Priestley’s itinerary as guide. Following in Priestley’s footsteps across our nation, Maconie’s crowning achievement is popular, timely and entertaining.