'Entertaining and eye-popping facts leap out of Mark Easton's elegant hand-book on who we are. Social research blends with social history in this charming and erudite portrait of modern Britain' --Polly Toynbee
'A terrific read' --Observer
'An eminently readable exposition of some of the things we take for granted every day. Mark Easton tells us something of who we are by looking at the ways we got here' --Mark Radcliffe
'Easton doesn't go in for easy clichés... Setting each topic in its historical context, from Britain's obsession with bobbies on the beat to the resurgence of cheesemaking, Easton looks beyond all the pomp and circumstance to offer a highly readable insight into a complex nation.'
'It's rare that a book can both sit in the loo waiting for a happy random rummage yet be destined for a permanent place on one's reference shelves: this is one' --The Observer
'What sort of place is Britain? Whatever readers do conclude, it seems likely that all would agree this book will have given them some new insight into Britain' --Significance Magazine
About the Author
Mark Easton is a Glasgow-born journalist who has written and presented numerous current affairs programmes and writes the award-winning BBC blog 'Mark Easton's UK'. From 1998-2004 he was the Home and Social Affairs Editor of Channel 4 and in 2004 he became the Home Editor of BBC News.