There are aspect of England that I like. Here's a partial list.
People: I have some very good friends that are English. They are honest, intelligent, decent individuals. I enjoy my time with them, which makes any inconveniences or shortcomings of their country irrelevant.
Bookstores: I have always liked books and enjoyed spending time in bookshops. Amazon does not replace the experience. England has old-fashioned bookshops, where you can spend hours of enjoyment and can discover many exciting books. I always spend too much and lug too many home on the plane.
Eclectic mix of shops: I discover new shops or revamped shops every time I visit London. One can wander various streets or neighborhoods and find one-of-a-kind shops selling every nature of item. Chain stores do not offer the same mix of interesting objects. Neighborhoods, which attract interesting shops, are often overrun by large brands, which destroys the original appeal (I saw this happen in Soho in New York). I don't buy much, but I enjoy looking.
Harrods: I rarely buy anything, but I enjoy wandering through the store and looking at the wide range of consumer goods. This is one of the best museums on the planet: a museum of modern life. Mohamed Al Fayed did a marvelous job building this company to what it is today (I remember Harrods when he bought it). I hope the new owners continue to maintain its preeminence.
Shop Window Decoration: London has the best window decoration. This is merely another example of the level of creativity gathered in London.
Advertising: There is creative advertising throughout the world, but England has the greatest concentration. Most countries have some good advertising, but England has more good than bad. I attribute this to the level of creative talent, freedom of speech, and the need for an outlet to criticize.
History: Without having raped and pillaged throughout the world, there would not be the interesting collection of buildings, historical sites, and museums. One must take the good with the bad.
Fashion design: It's not all good, in my opinion, but most is certainly creative and interesting. Again, another example of the wealth of creative talent gathered in London and the market for such things.
Shop design: Ditto.
Mix of cultures: London does a good job of assimilating diverse cultures (if you stay off dark streets at night).
Landscape. The English countryside is unique. On sunny days, especially in Spring and Summer, the vistas can be marvelous. One must ignore the injustice of land ownership, because without it developers would destroy the beauty (a different kind of injustice).
Finally, language: Being intellectually lazy, I like the fact that I understand (most of) what people are saying most of the time.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.