The Englishman’s Handbook is the final volume of Idries Shah’s best-selling trilogy portraying that strangest of tribes, The English. Loaded with hilarious tales, it reveals the hidden strategies and qualities that help the English deal with foreigners and tips off foreigners on how to cope with them.

Shah lived among this tribe and closely observed them for years. Avoiding premature conclusions & assumptions, he also collected anecdotes about them, many from English newspapers. Over time, patterns in English character revealed themselves. What he uncovered is shocking, precise and useful.

This hilarious book is a challenging adventure in non-linear thinking. It helps English and non-English alike develop their flexibility, patience and humour so necessary in living. It models how to uncover hidden patterns in our world and in ourselves; enabling us to muddle through and maybe even flourish in our lives.