A Field Guide to the Peoples of the British Isles

Pages: 128
Imprint: Oneworld

A Field Guide to the Peoples of the British Isles

Chelsea Renton

What sort of Brit are you? A hilarious illustrated guide to the unique inhabitants of these isles
9781786076922 (7 Nov 2019)
RRP £12.99

The Book

For people-watchers everywhere, this is the definitive guide to one of the strangest peoples in existence: the British.

Discover the weird, loveable and inexplicable variety of beings populating these isles, each with their own delightful quirks and oddities. Learn to spot the difference between landed gentry and oligarchs, amateur artist and hipster. Recognise the middle-aged couple on their way to Glastonbury and the Brit on holiday.

Soon you'll be spying them everywhere.

Additional Information

Pages 128
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Chelsea Renton is an acclaimed portrait artist who has spent her career observing the British in all their foibles, follies, warts and wrinkles. Her Field Guide has been a popular feature in the Oldie for two years. She lives in Lewes. @chelsearentonartist on Instagram, chelsearenton.com


‘What a lovely book. Gentle, almost tender humour, but there is a cutting edge too!'

- Stanley Johnson

‘These drawings reveal the British character as we have always suspected it to be, even if we don't quite dare to admit it. In a long tradition going back to Osbert Lancaster and Max Beerbohm, Chelsea Renton captures in a few lines the essence of the people she draws. Sharp but affectionate, always revealing, and often very funny.'

- David Dimbleby

‘Flicking through and it's making me smile… Eminently giftable… And it's been shamelessly sized to fit in stockings too.'

- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

‘[Renton's] distinctive drawings - specific and spot on - show her skills as a careful and very thoughtful observer of people and of human nature… A Field Guide is the perfect prescription for dark winter days and an antidote to despondency.'

- The Scottish Review

‘[A] lighthearted tome, packed with witty cartoons'

- Eastbourne Herald