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The best of the lot
on 6 March 2012
Bought this book for a mate who's coming to work here with his family. Having looked at the alternatives, including 'official' stuff from the British Council (which is aimed mostly at overseas students), I was rather downhearted. Almost everything available was woefully out-of-date and many publications were aimed at people wanting to pass those rote-learning tests that grant citizenship. Bill Bryson's 'Notes from a small island' was fun, but nearly 20 years out of date. We've changed a lot in that time.
This particular book, however, is great: up-to-date, comprehensive and thoroughly practical. I learnt a bit too.
This is the must-have guide for any non-Brit coming to our sceptered isle.