I was perusing a bookstore when I came across this book, and other than loving the cover and the title, I read the summary and thought it would definitely add to my understanding of English culture, so of course I bought it.
The Anglo Files is by Sarah Lyall, a journalist who moved to London after meeting her English husband at a book fair in Germany. In this book, she writes about how she’s come to understand Britain through it’s culture and main aspects of life. Her writing is exceedingly witty and truly hits a lot of subjects of British culture very hard as she explores why English people are the way they are.
As with Londoners, I actually haven’t finished the entire book, because I’m trying to enjoy it as slowly as possible, but if you want to pick up something that will give you an American perspective on London, and perhaps might even help you to understand it better, I’d fully suggest reading this. As someone about to become an expat in England herself, I really appreciate Lyall’s opinions on the UK and hope to write my own book in this fashion someday when I come to understand England better.