On Friday 5th June 7.30pm at Lord Leycester’s Hospital Matthew Engel will be talking about his book ‘Engel’s England’
England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.
He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland – Matthew always finds the unexpected .
‘Engel’s England’ is a totally original look at an amazing country: a guidebook for people who don’t think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.
“Wry, rueful, funny, packed with knowledge… it is simply the most enjoyable commentary on today’s England that could be imagined.” – John Carey, Sunday Times
“A joy and a treasure trove… Do not leave your county without it.” – Jasper Rees, The Oldie
“It’s a lovely book, hugely funny at times.” – Rod Liddle, The Spectator
” If you could bottle his wit, it would taste as sharp, rich and savoury as Worcestershire sauce on a Cornish pasty stuffed to bursting.” – Iain Finlayson, The Times
Matthew Engel is a writer and editor who began his career in 1972. He worked on The Guardian newspaper for nearly 25 years, reporting on a wide range of political and sporting events including a stint as Washington correspondent beginning on 9/11. He now writes a column in the Financial Times. He has also been an Editor of Wisden. In 2011 he was the News International Visiting Professor of Media at the University of Oxford
Matthew lives in Herefordshire with his wife Hilary and daughter Vika. His son Laurie died of cancer in 2005, aged 13, and he then set up a successful charity fund in his memory, the Laurie Engel Fund, which has raised more than £1m in partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust to build a new unit in Birmingham (opened 2010) for patients. The proceeds of a book he wrote, ‘Extracts from the Red Notebooks’ (Macmillan), are donated to this fund. His latest book, ‘Engel’s England‘, was published in 2014.