This book is extremely useful for a quick assessment of an area. It gives a short description which captures the feel of the area and who lives there very well. It is straight and to the point, giving an areas upsides and downsides, postcode/area naming snobbery etc.. Details about travel, shops, recreation etc are invaluable. The book has a slightly negative slant on virtually every area, but this is good because it balances the estate agents' spin.