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Britain is frequently at the forefront of change, yet the British remain peculiarly attached to their past and you can still find pride and a kind of nostalgia for the past. Given the great diversity of the British people it is difficult to define a fixed British culture, however there are characteristics that apply to all. Tolerance, fair play, and an instinct for compromise are fundamental qualities of the British character.

Irony is a trigger for laughter. Which, to paraphrase Billy Connolly, the British see as a form of free medication for body, mind and spirit. This particular aspect of the British character does not seem to translate well. It is true that much of what the British say is not quite what they mean and this can cause misunderstandings.

Culture Smart! Britain is a concise guide to understanding the British people and illuminating the complexities of their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Britain authentically.


"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times