Books

The ‘Call Yourself British?’ Quiz Book

Michael Odell

Find out just how British you jolly well are: 500 multiple choice questions based on the Home Office Citizenship test

Can you beat the 51% of British 18- to 24-year-olds who failed the test? Includes genuine, nationality-defining questions such as:

What are the contents of the 1689 Bill of Rights?

What qualifications does the Queen have?

Who was/is Richard Arkwright, Sake Dean Mahomet, John Petts or David Weir?

Which of the following truly originated in Britain?

A. St George
B. Tea bag
C. Pubs
D. Fish and Chips

Grab your family or friends and test yourself with 500 sample questions. The answers will inform, surprise and above all, make you laugh.

Are you the bee’s knees or Britain’s biggest plonker?

These questions are based on the official Home Office handbook that prepares newcomers for the test they have to pass to obtain UK citizenship. Filled with questions on the Salmon Act of 1986 and the reasons Brits keep pets, chances are that unless you’ve studied and memorised the book from cover to cover, you’ll probably lose the plot.

With Brexit and all this talk of sovereignty, the question of what it really means to be British has never been so important, so here is your chance to see how you measure up to your county’s expectations.

The best of British luck to you!

The Festival Book

Michael Odell

Which festival is right for you? What should you wear? What should you pack? How much glitter could you possibly need?

With the answer to every festival questions, The Festival Book is your go-to survival guide. It is packed full of hilarious anecdotes, a guide to the very best festivals on offer and tips and tricks to get you festival ready. And if you want to learn to play the nose-flute or attend a wedding conducted by a priestess called Glenda, well, that’s all here too.

With sections on:

A Short History of Festivals – from the Pilton, Pop, Folk & Blues Festival (now more commonly known as Glastonbury) to the revival of the communal rock festival experience in the 90s.

Festival Tribes – You’re looking for self-improvement? Latitude offers drama classes and qualifications. More interested in food? Try Wilderness. Forest walking, foraging and wild swimming more your thing? Green Man’s the one for you.

Festival FashionFlorals, leather, a onesie, full fancy dress – all will do, but don’t forget your wellies! Includes a fool proof packing list with everything you’re likely to forget.

Anecdotes - From getting married at Glastonbury, to being diagnosed with trench foot, to being attacked by a cow – it’s all here!

Tips and Tricks – How to get in for free, how to find your way back to your tent in the dark and a bluffer’s guide to legendary performances (you remember Oasis in 1994, right?)

Biography

Michael Odell is a freelance journalist for Q magazine, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. He wrote the Daily Telegraph’s Festival Guide 2014.