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Weeping Britannia

Weeping Britannia

Thomas Dixon

Egghead Choice - Crack open for a hard boiled think

Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears is a tour through six centuries of British tears, from ‘extreme weeper’ Margery Kempe to the televised ‘sob-fests’ of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor. Dixon sets out to dispel the ‘persistent myth’ of Britain as a nation of emotionally repressed stoics, writing that the stiff upper lip, far from being a constant element in the national character, emerged only in the late 19th century amid the militarism in The Age of Empire.