With so much negativity about being English around these days, it’s nice to read a book like this.
Bragg’s basic tenet is that as a people we’ve been getting more egalitarian and that’s why we should be proud.
I didn’t realise how autobiographical the book was, and I found that a bit tiresome as I’m not a groupy, rather I’m interested in his take on what it is to be English. The important bits could have been compacted into a long essay and would have had the same effect on me.
However, some of the history is interesting and backs up his main point.
Worth a read if nationality is something of interest.
See this post for more reviews of books on being english.