'This book is about people's experiences with the official world. When I say 'official', I am referring not only to the whole beige panoply of councils, departments and ministries of state; but also to petty bureaucrats, jobsworths and a motley selection of twittering imbeciles from many kinds of different organisations. From car parking contractors to online auction sittes, from public to private organisations, they all have their own counter-intuitive rules, regulations and 'red tape' to inflict in the rest of us.' THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF RED TAPE is a kind of compendium of such stories, a sort of almanac of the bullshit of the modern world, and a catalogue of individual heroic battles against the corporate state. It features the Derby householder who sold off minute plots of his back garden to well wishers around the world for 1p each to prevent the council putting a bypass through it; the Shropshire bus service that doesn't stop as 'stopping disrupts the timetable'; and the hospital recently fined 2.5 million for using 'spare capacity' to treat patients quickly.
I write narrative non-fiction, travel and humour books and contribute to magazines and newspapers. As a BBC Countryfile magazine columnist, I write a monthly feature on Reading the Landscape, but my work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Radio Times, Countryside Voice and many others.
I co-presented a Radio 4 documentary Three Men in a Float - an account, like the book of the same name, of a journey across Britain in an electric milk float with Dan Kieran and Prasanth Visweswaran. The journey took three weeks on account of the float's maximum range - around 35 miles - and it's maximum speed - approximately 15 mph, or slightly less than the velocity of a speeding bee (we know this, because one overtook us in Cornwall). We planned very little of it in advance and just headed off with a touching faith in human kindness; we had to temporarily re-wire around 20 cooker mains, a few campsites and a couple of factories - all from people we had never met before - to get the required amperage to re-charge our batteries.
My website is at http://www.ianvince.co.uk
I also operate sites at http://www.britishlandscape.org and