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A Yank Back to England:

The Prodigal Tourist Returns


Laughs—and lots of tea—are on the menu when Denis Lipman returns to the East End of London with his new American wife, Frances. Not content with his grin-and-bear it attitude, she declares each year's trip has to be enjoyed! Against his will, our expat becomes a tourist in his homeland and discovers it's not so bad after all.

Enjoy a travel memoir more carbuloc than bucolic. Join Denis as he rents quaint cottages, hosts a parade of outrageous relatives, meets quirky locals, and discovers what it’s really like in the English countryside. It’s all much better than Denis remembers—and a lot funnier too!

Denis reads from A Yank Back to England
What they said about A Yank Back to England:

“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England never stints the reader. Here is England seen entire, from inside out, from bottom to top, as Denis Lipman returns from America to his working class family home in blighted Dagenham. From there he, his American wife, and his cockney Mum and Dad embark on a series of funny, touching, madcap and even surreal adventures as they visit celebrated landmarks and holiday spots in England as well as a good many pubs. The result is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”

—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and author of the memoir An Open Book


“A perceptive, engaging and informative take on contemporary England as seen through the eyes of a fellow expatriate who writes with humor and affection. The cast of characters has an almost Dickensian vivacity.”

—Michael York, actor and author of Are My Blinkers Showing?


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