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By Stuart Maconie

Everyone talks approximately "Middle England." occasionally they suggest whatever undesirable, like a lynch mob of Daily Mail readers, and infrequently they suggest anything stable, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer time twilight. yet simply the place and what's center England? Stuart Maconie did not understand both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to determine. Is heart England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough quite as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the expedition—with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones—to realize the reality.

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