Peruse all things English at library

Special to the HeraldJune 23, 2013 

Do you love English breakfast tea and scones? Can't get enough exposure to the royal family? Do you think beer should be enjoyed at room temperature? Are you addicted to "Downton Abbey" or "Inspector Alleyn"? Then you might be an Anglophile.

Anglophiles are defined as people (usually Americans) who love all things British. Perhaps what has sparked a new wave of "Anglophilia" is the worldwide adoration of the new royal couple, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their wedding in 2011 was one of the most watched TV events of all time. Now that they are expecting their first child, the attention has reached an even greater level of mania. Read more about this royal power couple in "William and Kate: A Royal Love Story" by Christopher Anderson.

There are no shortage of biographies about Will's mother, Princess Diana. The biographer she was most revealing to was Andrew Morton, and he has written several books about Di, including "Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words" and "Diana: In Pursuit of Love." Will's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has been the British monarch for more than 60 years. Learn her story in "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch" by Sally Smith and "Lilibet: An Intimate Portrait of Elizabeth II" by Carolly Erickson.

King Edward VIII's abdication of the British throne in order to marry American socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson was a shocking scandal and intriguing love story. Anglophiles who want to learn more should check out "That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor" by Anne Sebba. Catch a glimpse of her portrayed by Eve Best in the film "The King's Speech," which heralds another British Monarch, King George VI.

Probably nothing says "English" like tea. Americans may not have widely adopted the pastime of tea at four, but Anglophiles can (tea) party with the best of them. To get the entire -- and very interesting -- history of tea's popularity, read "Tea: the Drink That Changed the World" by John Griffiths. If you are ready to experience your own tea time, get prepared with "Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion" by Tracy Stern. Let the kids join in with "Winnie the Pooh's Teatime Cookbook," inspired by A.A. Milne (it's OK, Anglophiles, he was from London).

Speaking Volumes, written by Manatee County Public Library System staff members, is published each Sunday. Access the library online at Ericka Dow is the Supervisor of the Central Library's Adult Services section.

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