I picked this book up cheap on the second hand bookstall in the market and read it in a couple of days.
Echoing what others have said, this is NOT a book about the trials and tribulations of not shopping for a year,but a series of essays, personal opinions, naval gazing whines and moans (and moans and moans) about the state of the nation, the world, Jeremy Clarkson, Apple Macs, why women like to shop more than men etc etc.Some of the chapters (specifically the one on class and the one about grace) were very interesting but my goodness, Robert Llewellyn really knows how to moan. He whines about everything and anything and seems to have analysed himself and the world in which he lives into state of complete misery.He does rather come across as someone who has not managed to leave the sixth form common room behind. His saving grace is that he is only too aware that he is full of middle class guilt and shame. One does feel like telling him to have a few drinks, smoke a few fags and have a few laughs (and even buy a new pair of socks without worrying about the impact on both himself and the world), as he does seem like a nice bloke underneath all of the existential angst.
Having said that I have enjoyed reading the book and would recommend you buy it, especially if you see it going cheap on a second hall stall in the market.