The British Consumer

British tastes

British Tastes
An enquiry into the likes and dislikes of the regional consumer

One of the best times in my adult life was the two years I lived in the UK while my husband was on foreign assignment. It was the late 1990s and we had our two kids with us. Although I had visited the UK several times, there is something about living as regular people, not as tourists, that is just eye opening. I know that I provided hours of amusement to my British friends as I navigated cultural and language differences.

This book is what I would call a cultural marketing guide. I would imagine this would be a fun addition to any public library back in the late 1960s. I will leave it to my UK friends to tell me if any of these differences still matter in 2019.


back cover of British tastes

north vs south

London South East



  1. I instantly want to read this book! It’s obviously a weeder, but I’d take it home and cherish it. 🙂

    I would LOVE to live in the UK for a year or two. If only there was a way!

  2. I would eat that Great Britain, but am afraid it isn’t chocolate. Cool kids these days just follow @TheMERL if they want Britishness. Maybe @OrkneyLibrary for the real far up Scots matter.

  3. I’ve been working on a crossword puzzle book that keeps using “exurbia”. I half suspected they had made it up, lol.

    Strangely cheerful back cover reference to gassing oneself aside, this seems like a really interesting book, even if it is pretty dated. I’ll have to see if my library has a copy.

  4. Some things never change. The North vs South and London vs Everywhere Else divide is, if anything, even worse these days.

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