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  • Compelling and essential... It is so uplifting to read... An answer, one among many, to the deconstructors and under-cutters of the very idea of Englishness... It is based on conviction and experience

    Financial Times
  • We should be grateful to Sir Roy Strong for this book. It is an exploration of the themes that shape our sense of England: a meditation, a hymn, a road map

    Clive Aslet, Country Life
  • Insightful and provocative... Strong's emphasis on the pastoral tradition is a valuable reminder of the essential continuity that binds together English history

    Dominic Sandbrook, Prospect
  • For someone who would like to know what it is to feel identifiably English, Sir Roy provides a useful tour

    Simon Heffer, Spectator

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