Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time
By: Rob Temple
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
There’s an epidemic sweeping the nation
- Acute embarrassment at the mere notion of ‘making a fuss’
- Extreme awkwardness when faced with any social greeting beyond a brisk handshake
- An unhealthy preoccupation with meteorology
Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS.
VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure.
Rob Temple’s hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.
@soverybritish is one of my favourite Twitter accounts out there. I’m not British, but I can relate to a lot of the tweets mentioned (the obsession with the weather, the constant apologising–some of this is actually quite Canadian, so I wonder if it’s more of a Commonwealth thing, but I digress).
Suffice to say, it’s just what you expect if you do follow the Twitter account. The book is broken down to chapters focusing on a particular tasks and features in life, from driving to the workplace to the constant discussions about the weather (another thing I do quite a bit, the 10-minute discussion about the weather). Some of the points are familiar from past tweets, but others are a wee bit expanded upon (as in, more than 140 characters long 😛 ) and are accompanied by hilarious little illustrations along the way. My favourite chapter has to be the one about apologising–something I do a lot (also a Canadian thing, but anyway)! The chapters are also peppered occasionally with historical events, imagined events that will occur in the future, quotes from television shows and books, and my favourite, the quiz determining whether you are suffering from Very British Problems (need to I disclose if I am? 😛 ).
If you’re looking for a laugh or a bit of awkward social examination, this is a quick and fun read. Oh, and apparently there’s another book coming out this autumn about Brits travelling abroad. Should be fun 🙂