What happened when former Tory cabinet-minister and now bus-pass wielding OAP, Sir John Nott, decided to discover modern London for himself? Real London. Beyond Kensington & Chelsea. As far, even, as Tooting...It all began when Sir John decided to take a crash course in ballroom dancing for an upcoming cruise holiday. Whilst flicking through the 'Ballroom Dancing' section of the Yellow Pages directory, he chanced upon the Mr Wonderful Tea Dances. After a single trip to a Mr Wonderful lunch in Bromley, the onetime Defence Secretary was hooked. And so began an extraordinary odyssey, in which Sir John discovered a whole new side to Britain and began to question the notion of what, exactly, it means to be British in this day and age. In the name of research he risked reconnaissance to China White, Spearmint Rhino and the Countryside March. His observations along the way are irreverent and hilarious, whether venting his spleen over EU farming regulations, or enjoying a colourful wander round Tooting market. A blue-blood Tory gets to grips with his country with plenty of adventure along the way. A truly original book.
John Nott was born before the invention of the pill, television, dishwashers, disposable nappies and New Labour. A 'chip' was a fried potato. We had 'crumpet' for tea. 'Grass' was mown. 'Coke' was put on the fire. A 'joint' was a piece of meat you ate for Sunday lunch. Sir John Nott is perhaps best known for his years as Defence Secretary during the Falklands war. He served with the Gurkhas in Malaya, worked for Warburg's in the city, became an MP in 1983 and then returned to the city as a chairman of Lazards.