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Journalist and memoirist Susan Allen Toth brings her special England vivdly to life as she recalls her many trips there over the years, where she explored the countryside, traveled both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopped, hunted for ghosts, and honeymooned. Humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, this is a delightful remembrance to be savored by those who Journalist and memoirist Susan Allen Toth brings her special England vivdly to life as she recalls her many trips there over the years, where she explored the countryside, traveled both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopped, hunted for ghosts, and honeymooned. Humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, this is a delightful remembrance to be savored by those who love to travel or just dream of it. "I love MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ENGLAND. It is written clearly and with a understanding that far supasses any feeling of condescension or superiority or general quaintness among the natives, all of which I detect in books about other countries." M.F.K. Fisher


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Journalist and memoirist Susan Allen Toth brings her special England vivdly to life as she recalls her many trips there over the years, where she explored the countryside, traveled both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopped, hunted for ghosts, and honeymooned. Humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, this is a delightful remembrance to be savored by those who Journalist and memoirist Susan Allen Toth brings her special England vivdly to life as she recalls her many trips there over the years, where she explored the countryside, traveled both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopped, hunted for ghosts, and honeymooned. Humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, this is a delightful remembrance to be savored by those who love to travel or just dream of it. "I love MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ENGLAND. It is written clearly and with a understanding that far supasses any feeling of condescension or superiority or general quaintness among the natives, all of which I detect in books about other countries." M.F.K. Fisher

30 review for My Love Affair with England: A Traveler's Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I picked up My Love Affair with England again recently, for what must be the umpteenth time, in preparation for my upcoming vacation. I first read this cheery travel memoir when I was in high school and had no chance whatsoever of going to England because my parents didn't have any desire to go. I've since read it many more times. I've become familiar with the stories that Susan Allen Toth tells about her favorite country, so that they almost feel like bedtime stories. Travel memoirs walk a trick I picked up My Love Affair with England again recently, for what must be the umpteenth time, in preparation for my upcoming vacation. I first read this cheery travel memoir when I was in high school and had no chance whatsoever of going to England because my parents didn't have any desire to go. I've since read it many more times. I've become familiar with the stories that Susan Allen Toth tells about her favorite country, so that they almost feel like bedtime stories. Travel memoirs walk a tricky line. On the one hand, they can be overly saccharine and romantic, imbuing the places and the locals with too much quaintness. Not only can that be hard to swallow, but it's also rather patronizing. On the other hand, I've read travel memoirs that gleefully zero in on the "seedy" parts of the subject country - and "seedy" parts do exist in every country, even a country as cozy as England - and take too much delight in describing teeming underworlds of malcontents, oily gas stations and fluorescent lights. That's not why I travel, and that's not why I read travel writing. Susan Allen Toth walks the line perfectly. She doesn't shy away from discussing the less savory parts of her trips - her daughter's Dickensian foreign exchange experience, for instance, or the freezing hotel that almost gave one of her students a recurrence of kidney disease. But while those parts are sprinkled in for a bit of realism here and there, they are by no means the main focus of the book. Susan Allen Toth clearly loves England - everything about it. She loves the great country houses, sprawling gardens, inviting tearooms, mysterious family ghost legends, wooded or breezy cliffside walks, and fun local customs like badger watching or sheepdog competitions. She throws herself into her English travel experiences with enthusiasm and open-mindedness and seems especially adept at locating the quaint and bizarre just off the beaten path. Read this book and you too will embark on your own love affair with England. If you can't swing the plane ticket right now, trust me, My Love Affair with England will tide you over until you can.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I haven't had so much fun since I went to England! Although I'm afraid no one else will really care much about this book unless they have spent time there. I felt like Susan Allen Toth perfectly explained why someone can fall so in love with England and just itch to get back there again. I loved her descriptions of the gardens, the people, the funny quirks of the British, the manor houses . . . and although I will probably never be able to spend as much time there as she has, it reminded me of wh I haven't had so much fun since I went to England! Although I'm afraid no one else will really care much about this book unless they have spent time there. I felt like Susan Allen Toth perfectly explained why someone can fall so in love with England and just itch to get back there again. I loved her descriptions of the gardens, the people, the funny quirks of the British, the manor houses . . . and although I will probably never be able to spend as much time there as she has, it reminded me of why England is in my blood and why I love to think about my England adventures whenever I am feeling down. *sigh*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trelawn

    I really loved this book. It was so relaxing reading about Toth's trips to various stately homes and churches, manicured gardens and untamed walkways. I think my main reason for enjoying this book is that Paul and I are planning to go back to London for our honeymoon next year. It's "our" place. Reading this book you realise that a large proportion of the joy Toth derives from her trips to England comes from the fact that she shares the experience with her husband, James. While her friends seem I really loved this book. It was so relaxing reading about Toth's trips to various stately homes and churches, manicured gardens and untamed walkways. I think my main reason for enjoying this book is that Paul and I are planning to go back to London for our honeymoon next year. It's "our" place. Reading this book you realise that a large proportion of the joy Toth derives from her trips to England comes from the fact that she shares the experience with her husband, James. While her friends seem somewhat bemused with her love of England, James drives her down country lanes and windy roads to get to places she wants to visit because they have quirky names. They experience England together, not doing just the touristy things but embarking on the sort of trips that they enjoy but others would dread. It was a very enjoyable read and I will definitely read more by Toth. It also helped alleviate my longing for another Helene Hanff book

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    With chapters on sheep dog trials, an unexpected foray into the high life at the Savoy, the royal family, badger-watching, incredible and peace-inspiring gardens, the delights of the a good walking-stick, and the joys of walking where the paths lead you, this book was mostly right up my alley. This book by Susan Allen Toth, and another book I've recently read (A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch) have done an amazing job at letting me live vicariously and With chapters on sheep dog trials, an unexpected foray into the high life at the Savoy, the royal family, badger-watching, incredible and peace-inspiring gardens, the delights of the a good walking-stick, and the joys of walking where the paths lead you, this book was mostly right up my alley. This book by Susan Allen Toth, and another book I've recently read (A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch) have done an amazing job at letting me live vicariously and travel the parts of England I would love to see someday. These two authors hit the nail on the head when it comes to describing why I feel drawn to England and what I would look for during a sojourn there. This book acknowledges periodically that, just as with all places, England has changed over the years. It may not be as safe as it used to be. It isn't a fairy tale. But the attractions described in this book can still be found, and would still seem to fill the traveler with the greatest of satisfaction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Charming! Truly little vignettes of love for and about England, with some traveler's tips tossed in for good measure. Toth loves gardens and spends a great deal of time discussing them, and her section on Whinnie the Pooh's England was absolutely adorable! This added greatly to my joy and anticipation as I planned my trip to the UK! Charming! Truly little vignettes of love for and about England, with some traveler's tips tossed in for good measure. Toth loves gardens and spends a great deal of time discussing them, and her section on Whinnie the Pooh's England was absolutely adorable! This added greatly to my joy and anticipation as I planned my trip to the UK!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Author Susan Allen Toth has visited England many, many times, and she has fallen in love with this country. Like any good love affair, however, there are good times and bad, times when the two are in sync and times when they are not on speaking terms, times when both are enraptured with each other and times when they are just about to break up. Toth goes to England for a variety of reasons: hiking trips, one (unsuccessful) honeymoon, ghost watching, hiking, a pilgrimage, college courses for stud Author Susan Allen Toth has visited England many, many times, and she has fallen in love with this country. Like any good love affair, however, there are good times and bad, times when the two are in sync and times when they are not on speaking terms, times when both are enraptured with each other and times when they are just about to break up. Toth goes to England for a variety of reasons: hiking trips, one (unsuccessful) honeymoon, ghost watching, hiking, a pilgrimage, college courses for students, and bird watching. Somehow, Toth knew not to risk her affair with England by permanently settling down; it was enough to visit frequently and unexpectedly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol Bakker

    I read this before a 2008 trip to England and again before I cull it out of my personal library. When I picked up the book, I thought: thumbprint travel! We subscribe to the thumbprint school of travel, which commits us to spending at least a week in one spot no larger than my thumbprint will cover on a standard folding map of England. Susan Allen Toth is both an Anglophile and a bibliophile (they often go together, don't they?). I took to heart the many ways she coached her readers not to be Ug I read this before a 2008 trip to England and again before I cull it out of my personal library. When I picked up the book, I thought: thumbprint travel! We subscribe to the thumbprint school of travel, which commits us to spending at least a week in one spot no larger than my thumbprint will cover on a standard folding map of England. Susan Allen Toth is both an Anglophile and a bibliophile (they often go together, don't they?). I took to heart the many ways she coached her readers not to be Ugly Americans. At her suggestion we bought souvenirs in the grocery stores: Dorset honey, Colman's mustard and ginger biscuits. She is honest about attention fatigue after many visits to historic treasures. Honest? Reading this book, I wanted to go back to Great Britain. I do wish, however, that she could have told her story without so much about her failed first marriage.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joy Weese Moll

    My Love Affair with England is a loosely-joined, non-chronological, series of essays covering about thirty years of travel in England from 1960 to the early 1990s. The topics range from food and sheep dog trials to the theater and the royal family. As one could guess from the title, this is a romantic look at the country of Shakespeare’s theater, Wordsworth’s daffodils, and Austen’s Lyme Regis. This is at least the third time I’ve read My Love Affair with England, even though I’m not usually a re My Love Affair with England is a loosely-joined, non-chronological, series of essays covering about thirty years of travel in England from 1960 to the early 1990s. The topics range from food and sheep dog trials to the theater and the royal family. As one could guess from the title, this is a romantic look at the country of Shakespeare’s theater, Wordsworth’s daffodils, and Austen’s Lyme Regis. This is at least the third time I’ve read My Love Affair with England, even though I’m not usually a re-reader. I pick it up every time I think I might finally enact my dream of visiting England. The current version of that dream has it penciled on the calendar for September. More about this book and my travel dreams on my blog: My Love Affair with England

  9. 5 out of 5

    Manik Sukoco

    I enjoyed every scene in the book. Actually the format of the book is a bit disjointed and jumps unexpectedly from one visit to another, not necessarily in chronological order. Also she digresses at times to give us a glimpse of her marriages and brief affairs. But instead of distracting from her narrative, these elements add interest, in my opinion. After all, she is describing a love affair, not offering a travel guide. This certainly is not your usual travelogue featuring the most popular attra I enjoyed every scene in the book. Actually the format of the book is a bit disjointed and jumps unexpectedly from one visit to another, not necessarily in chronological order. Also she digresses at times to give us a glimpse of her marriages and brief affairs. But instead of distracting from her narrative, these elements add interest, in my opinion. After all, she is describing a love affair, not offering a travel guide. This certainly is not your usual travelogue featuring the most popular attractions of the nation. Susan Allen Toth usually gets off the beaten path to find the real England, discovering many places and facts that the average traveler would not have the ingenuity nor the energy nor the nerve to uncover. I found the trip thoroughly delightful and am looking forward to reading another of her books about this quirky but fascinating country.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I bought this little book at our library used book sale for $1.50 and have enjoyed it immensely. We just recently took our first trip to England and I was delighted to read about their adventures driving on narrow country roads as we had done! Really loved her insights and humor too. Wish I could visit this beautiful country as many times as she has, but maybe will get another trip in someday.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    3.5 stars I'm reading two more of her books about England now. She provides so many useful insider's tips, particularly on gardens that shouldn't be missed (apparently there are thousands of those). I've found that she and I have completely opposite theories on the best way to pack for Europe, but I've decided not to dwell on that. 3.5 stars I'm reading two more of her books about England now. She provides so many useful insider's tips, particularly on gardens that shouldn't be missed (apparently there are thousands of those). I've found that she and I have completely opposite theories on the best way to pack for Europe, but I've decided not to dwell on that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    "Soon after we settled into our rooms, we met Mr. Fursdon outdoors. Inquiring whether we enjoyed nature, he said he could promise a treat after dinner. He had discovered a family of badgers. 'They don't come out until dark,' he said. 'We'll just have to wait.' His voice was full of joy. Twenty minutes into our vigil, tension heightened when a car approached the lonely road. 'Quick!' he hissed. 'Put your glasses down! If someone sees us, all of Widecombe will be out here!' Though Americans often "Soon after we settled into our rooms, we met Mr. Fursdon outdoors. Inquiring whether we enjoyed nature, he said he could promise a treat after dinner. He had discovered a family of badgers. 'They don't come out until dark,' he said. 'We'll just have to wait.' His voice was full of joy. Twenty minutes into our vigil, tension heightened when a car approached the lonely road. 'Quick!' he hissed. 'Put your glasses down! If someone sees us, all of Widecombe will be out here!' Though Americans often view England as an extension of the States, Susan Allen Toth knows differently. Where else could badgermania -- and Royal mischief -- still be taken so seriously? Ms. Toth brings this special England vividly to life as she recalls exploring the countryside, traveling both second-class and in luxury, theatre-hopping, ghost-hunting, and honeymooning. By turns humorous, bittersweet, and wonderfully eccentric, My Love Affair with England will be relished by every Anglophile and by those of us who dream of knowing another country as if it were our own." ~~back cover This was a lovely book, and it really explored the England I'd want to see (and did see while I was there) should I be lucky enough to get back over there. She finds the out of the way places and the special moments that make England what I love. It was almost as good as being there myself!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    This book took me forever to read. The book was good but not engaging enough for me to want to pick it up again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karith Amel

    I'm not sure how to accurately voice my feelings about this book. It was a fun read, given to me by my mother in preparation for my upcoming year in England. She thought I'd resonate with the author, who loves England for its literature and history. And I did. There were places where she came close to capturing what it is that so intoxicates me about the country of kings and poets, architects and scholars. But she also misses the mark, I think. She is someone who likes to dabble in England, imag I'm not sure how to accurately voice my feelings about this book. It was a fun read, given to me by my mother in preparation for my upcoming year in England. She thought I'd resonate with the author, who loves England for its literature and history. And I did. There were places where she came close to capturing what it is that so intoxicates me about the country of kings and poets, architects and scholars. But she also misses the mark, I think. She is someone who likes to dabble in England, imagine herself touched by its history, enjoy a walk in a picturesque park. And that she conveys. But has she really been changed by England? Found the essence of her being wrapped up in the landscape, lost and found herself there? She gives hints of such moments -- small seconds of discovery -- but the structure of Toth's book does not easily lend itself to such vulnerability. Jumping crazily from topic to topic, with no clear thematic structure, or overarching vision, it's hard to see where the book is going, or to trust that it's really going anywhere. Is the narrator, who we've known for over 200 pages, any different at the end than she was at the beginning? Has she undergone transformation, as all heroines, even in memoirs, should? It's unclear. The answer is probably yes. Certainly she is not the college student who first experienced England one summer in the '60s, but the chaotic structure of her book has not really allowed us to see that change. To undergo it with her. Or to truly understand how England has been instrumental in it. Instead, we're given paragraph after paragraph of description. The names of great houses. Types of flowers. Species of trees. Sights on the coast. And it isn't that I mind so much. It's just that, without her personal connection to those places, those flowers, those trees, we might as well be reading a tour book. England is a powerful topic for any writer, especially one who loves it as much, and knows it as well, as Toth seems to. However, no writer should forget that memoirs are ultimately about discovery of the self, and while Toth flirts with the issue, she ultimately leaves the real subject matter obscure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    This book was almost okay. I was quite disappointed in it. I wanted more of England and less of Susan Allen Toth's emotional life. Her enchantment with England seems to be dependent on her current emotional situation--happily single, unhappily married, unhappily divorced, happily married. Even in the happy times, though, she includes so many negative things about England that I wonder about her so-called love affair with the country. This book was almost okay. I was quite disappointed in it. I wanted more of England and less of Susan Allen Toth's emotional life. Her enchantment with England seems to be dependent on her current emotional situation--happily single, unhappily married, unhappily divorced, happily married. Even in the happy times, though, she includes so many negative things about England that I wonder about her so-called love affair with the country.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Toth certainly has a way with words when describing her love for England and its charm and wonder. I found the sweetest chapter to be the one about her travels with her husband and the most toilsome to be the ones that include too much personal information (did we really need to know those details?) and a descent into whining or political correctness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    Journal entry regarding this book from nine years ago: " I enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to get a copy for my permanent collection. For some reason, I seem to have developed somewhat of an annoyance/dislike/aversion to England in the last few years but this book has really changed my mind. I want to have a copy for myself to use as a guide and plan a trip of my own someday. Since the book was written 18 years ago, I am interested in finding out what Ms. Toth and her husband are up to Journal entry regarding this book from nine years ago: " I enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to get a copy for my permanent collection. For some reason, I seem to have developed somewhat of an annoyance/dislike/aversion to England in the last few years but this book has really changed my mind. I want to have a copy for myself to use as a guide and plan a trip of my own someday. Since the book was written 18 years ago, I am interested in finding out what Ms. Toth and her husband are up to now. I think it's wonderful that she found such a loving life partner and travelling buddy in her second husband, James." Today's journal entry: It's funny how one's mind can change about a book over time. The first time I read this, I was completely enraptured and immediately in love with England. This time through though, I found the book to be pretty depressing overall. Maybe it's because I've had my own happy experiences in England now to compare it to, but I just found it pretty negative this time around. The essays included span at least 30 years--- she's gone as a single young woman, a single woman in her 30s, a teacher, a mother, a married woman to a man who wasn't that into it...and a married woman with a husband who was a kindred spirit. Those are the ones I enjoyed the most---the ones featuring her, now deceased, husband and best friend. The ones featuring her spoiled brat daughter, Jenny, were my least favorite. Nothing at all endeared me to that whiny whiner. Much of the book's references were outdated (Reagan, Diana) but I did relate to the desire to pretend like I live there when I visit. It's much more fun to see England as a wannabe resident than as a tourist---cheaper too. I didn't enjoy many parts---a lot of going on about her personal life that I couldn't relate to---and the sheep dog trials went ON and on...not a fan. I did enjoy the chapter on walking sticks. So, overall, I think there have been much better travels journals written---my own included. However, since this one did play a part in my own love affair with England, I suppose it's not all bad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy Plonka

    A little dated (1992) memoir of the author's travels in the English countryside and London> I'm not sure it could be reproduced today. 1960 , when the first essays were written until 1992 when the book was published were much gentler times than today. A little dated (1992) memoir of the author's travels in the English countryside and London> I'm not sure it could be reproduced today. 1960 , when the first essays were written until 1992 when the book was published were much gentler times than today.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Chick

    This was an interesting memoir of a woman who visited the UK several times in the 60s,70s and early 80s. I enjoyed much of her descriptions, but I also think I had high expectations of it bringing me back to England and, though it did at times, I mostly felt disconnected.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have read this book several times, and I enjoy it every time. My own love affair with England is only from a distance, but I love hearing about this author's frequent trips. I have read this book several times, and I enjoy it every time. My own love affair with England is only from a distance, but I love hearing about this author's frequent trips.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    1960current day Non-fiction account of travels to England

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I read this during our month in England and loved reading about her experiences in London. I want to go back and experience Northern England and where she spent most of her time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    A very nice memoir for any American Anglophile. She found a way to find little uncrowded corners of the country that she could explore. Very enjoyable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    A re-read. I generally found this to be a welcome relaxing read. Chapters on British food, country walks, gardens, and more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I used Susan suggestions to plan my first trip to England in March/April 2004. I had a great trip with my sister, Terri and sister-in-law, Steph.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Em

    The way Toth writes is so readable and evokes the imagery of what she’s describing. When she writes of English gardens, medieval churches, the wild coast line walks I was transported. Toth also writes of her native Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and how her love of England transforms her everyday life. She is often asked why if she loves England so she has not moved there permanently? But then she relays stories of the time she worked in London for seven months and was miserable. It had much to do w The way Toth writes is so readable and evokes the imagery of what she’s describing. When she writes of English gardens, medieval churches, the wild coast line walks I was transported. Toth also writes of her native Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and how her love of England transforms her everyday life. She is often asked why if she loves England so she has not moved there permanently? But then she relays stories of the time she worked in London for seven months and was miserable. It had much to do with a rough patch in her own life, but she also writes of damp grey, winter days that seemed to go on and on. She tells of the inconvenience of London for shopping and everyday life. And she felt friendless and alone. I understand what she feels about home, and like her I would wish to live nowhere else in America, but I still wish to live a while in London and meander around England. And I look forward to reading more from Toth.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Etta Mcquade

    Having been to England several times, I relished reading about the country from an intelligent American who had been there a lot. I particularly enjoyed the hilarious chapter of her going to England for the first time as a student in 1960 taking a six-week summer course entitled "English Art, Literature and Music 1660-1780." When the course was finished, she and another girl, also a student, hitchhiked around England, "because I knew my mother would not approve," she writes. (p. 58) However, some Having been to England several times, I relished reading about the country from an intelligent American who had been there a lot. I particularly enjoyed the hilarious chapter of her going to England for the first time as a student in 1960 taking a six-week summer course entitled "English Art, Literature and Music 1660-1780." When the course was finished, she and another girl, also a student, hitchhiked around England, "because I knew my mother would not approve," she writes. (p. 58) However, some of the chapters were boring and inconsequential, so I gave the book three stars instead of four.

  28. 4 out of 5

    bookinglibrarian

    An unexpectedly enchanting account of the author's travels in England, which was particuarly nostalgic for me as a long-time Anglophile whose first travel abroad experiences were there. I, too, learned how to easily navigate the city of London during my week-long high school theatre trip, and feeling that I was returning to an old friend when I came back a couple of years later. I now regret I haven't visited England nearly as often or a long as Susan Allen Toth has--for me, this great armchair An unexpectedly enchanting account of the author's travels in England, which was particuarly nostalgic for me as a long-time Anglophile whose first travel abroad experiences were there. I, too, learned how to easily navigate the city of London during my week-long high school theatre trip, and feeling that I was returning to an old friend when I came back a couple of years later. I now regret I haven't visited England nearly as often or a long as Susan Allen Toth has--for me, this great armchair travel book just entices me towards real travel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The book seemed to be interesting enough. I, too, keep returning to England to see the literary landmarks, museums, and castles. It was nice to recall my own memories and to nod in agreement to some of her observations. But it's a book so poorly constructed that I kept thinking I need to just type my travel journals and submit to a publisher. She had no objective or theme to hold this together as a book. There was no real purpose or meaning. The chapters were not in chronological order and the r The book seemed to be interesting enough. I, too, keep returning to England to see the literary landmarks, museums, and castles. It was nice to recall my own memories and to nod in agreement to some of her observations. But it's a book so poorly constructed that I kept thinking I need to just type my travel journals and submit to a publisher. She had no objective or theme to hold this together as a book. There was no real purpose or meaning. The chapters were not in chronological order and the randomness of topic was distracting. Overall not satisfying.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    A friend let me borrow this book that she had placed on ILL since it's out of print and our library doesn't have it. I loved Toth's simple yet evocative language as she described travelling to England over the course of her life. I love travelling in England, and the city of London specifically holds a special place in my heart. I would caution that this book, though I loved it, might not appeal to readers who do not share my enthusiasm for all things English. A friend let me borrow this book that she had placed on ILL since it's out of print and our library doesn't have it. I loved Toth's simple yet evocative language as she described travelling to England over the course of her life. I love travelling in England, and the city of London specifically holds a special place in my heart. I would caution that this book, though I loved it, might not appeal to readers who do not share my enthusiasm for all things English.

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