• A lovely book, very engaging and easy to read. There are chapters on weather and soil and stone, on the history of hedges or the making of suburbia, all of them infectious did-you-knows. Mount is a natural and enthusiastic sharer of knowledge

    Evening Standard
  • Charming and nerdily fact-stuffed

  • Lively, a delight. Mount's paragraphs explode with information . . . I love all this, want more, and am given it. The sort of book, in its temperament and in its detail, that has helped to make England English

  • Mount is as perceptive as he is obsessive, and time and again he skewers with unfailing accuracy some aspect of our national character

    Mail on Sunday
  • 'Fascinating. Mount's an intelligent, funny and always interesting companion

    Daily Mail