By Stuart Maconie
Every body talks approximately 'Middle England'. occasionally they suggest anything undesirable, like a lynch mob of day-by-day 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 heart England? Stuart Maconie didn't comprehend both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out...
Is center 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 excursion, with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones, to find the reality.
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