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  • In all the miseries which plague mankind, there is hardly anything better than such radiant humour as is given to you. Everyone must laugh with you - even those who are hit with your little arrows.

    Albert Einstein to George Mikes
  • An instant classic

    Francis Wheen on 'How to Be an Alien'
  • Very funny

    The Economist
  • Bill Bryson is George Mikes' love-child

    Jeremy Paxman
  • This is the vital textbook for Brits, would-be Brits, and anyone who wonders what being a Brit really means. Pass me my hot water bottle, please

    Dame Esther Rantzen
  • Wise and witty

    William Cook on 'How to Be an Alien', Spectator
  • Brilliantly comical

    Pico Iyer on 'How to Be an Alien', New York Times
  • Mikes is a master of the laconic yet slippery put-down: "The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink"

    Henry Hitchings
  • I love it and read it cover to cover. Also has good tips for talking about the weather, not that we need them

    Rachel Johnson
  • Full of the very best advice that any would-be Brit should need (and for those of us who have forgotten exactly how it is to be ourselves) it's a jolly good read

    The Telegraph

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