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From Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Cheese and Dogs through Immigration, Justice, Knives and Murder to the Queen, Umbrellas, Vegetables and the Zzzz of a well-deserved rest, the book's meticulously researched but accessible essays map the back-story of contemporary Britain.
With each lettered chapter, the reader is invited to look at the United Kingdom in a new way: Taken together, the essays reveal a Britain that cannot be seen through the prism of daily news or current affairs. A park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all take on new significance once you have read.
As the UK welcomes millions of visitors to its shores for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this is a book that offers insight into the psyche of Britain; a nation's obsessions, prejudices, values and idiosyncrasies.
What sort of place is it, what are the natives like, and how did we get to where we are? It has been an interstitial project, squeezed into the tiny spaces between my full-time job and my full-time family.
So, it simply could not have been written without the support and forbearance of my colleagues, my children and, above all, my wife. Particular thanks go to Andrew Gordon who planted the seed, Jo Whitford who helped harvest and box the crop and Mike Jones who steered the cart to market.
I must also mention my late father, Stephen Easton, whose genius as a bookman guided me even in his last days.
But greatest thanks go to my wife Antonia who was ally, advisor and inspiration. She helped me find the space to write and, just as importantly, told me when it was time to stop.
The world is watching us, studying our ways and trying to make sense of our culture and our values. The British themselves, meanwhile, are in a period of uneasy self-reflection.
Institutional scandals have rocked the pillars of our state: Parliament, the City, police and press. There is bewilderment at rioting and looting that, over the course of a few days and nights in the summer offorced us to confront some troubling truths.
After decades of getting inexorably richer, the squeeze of belt-tightening austerity is straining the threads holding our society together.
This is not a bad time, then, to consider contemporary Britain: But so often this blinkered view confounds rather than clarifies. The picture is neither wide enough nor detailed enough to grasp the real story. As the electronics salesman might put it, we need a 3D HD 55" plasma screen and we are watching on a 12" cathode ray tube telly.
So, in thinking how to write this book, I sought inspiration from two pioneering British lens-masters who made it possible for people to see the world in new and wonderful ways.
The first I found at a Palo Alto ranch in Junea wild-bearded man in a wide-brimmed hat. Under a bright Californian sky, crowds watched as Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs that, for the first time, revealed the mysteries of equine motion.
The speed of a galloping horse was too fast for the naked eye to see precisely how the animal moved. Only by slowing the action down to a series of stop-motion frames, captured by a line of triggered cameras, was Muybridge able to answer the much-debated question as to whether all four hooves were ever airborne at the same time.
The second of my photographic guides I discovered in his garden three decades later, behind a suburban home in north London. Percy Smith was working on a film that also allowed people to see the world in a new way.
When The Birth of a Flower was shown to British cinemagoers init is reported the audience broke into riotous applause. Plants bloomed before astonished eyes: Instead of just hyacinths or horses, I resolved to apply their techniques to numerous and varied aspects of British life: The alphabet would structure my journey but serendipity and curiosity would decide direction.
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