Produced by Penguin Audio, ICONS of ENGLAND edited by Bill Bryson.
This new audiobook version is a collection of personal celebrations of England. Ben reads the following:
Sighting the Stubble-Stag (Simon Barnes)
A Personal View (Harold 'Dickie' Bird)
Rebuilding the Past (Dan Cruickshank)
An Artists Impression (Andy Goldsworthy)
Cathedrals of Sewage (Maxwell Hutchinson)
Fair Play (Brian Moore)
Ancient Jewels (John Julius Norwich)
Dig for Victory (Tony Robinson)
Smiling at the Neighbours (Alexei Sayle)
Heaven in a Wild Flower (Alan Titchmarsh)
The Dawn Chorus (Chris Watson)
Alfred's Cakes (Michael Wood)
This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies.
First published as a lavish colour coffee table book, this new expanded edition has double the original number of contributions from many celebrities including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Adie, Kevin Spacey, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Mabey , Simon Jenkins, John Sergeant, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joan Bakewell, Antony Beevor, Libby Purves, Jonathan Dimbleby, and many more: and a new preface by HRH Prince Charles.
Available from 10th September 2020 on Audible.