How We Live - according to the DoSS 60 million people live on a group of islands on the fringes of the North Atlantic and it seems that no-one has a clear idea of what it takes to be a citizen of Britain. Our climate is temperate, our topography is fair-to-middling and our attitudes are, on the whole, average, reasonable and non-extreme. So who are we? What makes us tick? What are the rights and responsibilities of living in the world's oldest and least defined democracy? Isn't it about time it was spelled out? Based on the popular comedy website of the fictional UK Department of Social Scrutiny (DoSS), Britain: What a State will explain exactly what to expect when living in the UK, what to look out for and what to avoid. From the unique British class system to pubs and our beloved transport network, every element of our society is brilliantly explained and illustrated in a series of wincingly accurate spoof official forms from the DoSS. Written in a mock-governmental style, Britain: What a State is a searingly funny and acidic look at life in the UK - how we live has never been spelt out more clearly than this.
Think The Framely Examiner meets the entire output of Her Majesty's Stationery Office and you have Britain: What a State.
Ian Vince is a contributing editor to The Idler, has written for Channel 4's Bremner, Bird and Fortune and is the author of four other books, including Britain: What a State and The MyWay Code. Since 2008 he has written a regular column for the Daily Telegraph called `Strange Days', in which he travels around Britain seeking out curious local customs, folklore and odd occurrences. He is also the founding member of the British Landscape Club, which can be found at wwwbritishlandscape.org.