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    • ISBN:9781405529235
    • Publication date:10 Oct 2013

Very British Problems

Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time

By Rob Temple

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The new and updated paperback edition of Very British Problems. Now with extra awkwardness.

There's an epidemic sweeping the nation

Symptoms include:

*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.

Biographical Notes

Rob Temple is an award-winning features editor and the founder of @soverybritish.

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  • ISBN: 9780751557039
  • Publication date: 23 Oct 2014
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Sphere
Had us guffawing into our Earl Grey tea — Bella
My favourite twitter account at the moment is Very British Problems (@soverybritish) . . . it makes me laugh out loud. — Tom Hiddleston on @soverybritish
Hilarious — Daily Express
Temple pays affectionate and comic homage to the sheer quirkiness of being British — Good Book Guide
A corking Christmas stocking filler — Weekend Sport
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