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Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In…

Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK

by Sam Jordison

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I've never lived in any of the fifty towns or cities listed in "Crap Towns" so I will need to accept the word of a bunch of anonymous people who may or may not have an axe to grind about particular towns.

I'm so old I remember when "Crap Towns" was a section of "The Idler" website. There are many humorous moments to be had reading of just how crap some UK towns are, although after a while some of the entries have a sameness about them. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Oct 5, 2018 |
The joke here is that just about everyone's town or nearest city is included in this book. In fact, I think the book is of the 50 most populous cities in the UK. Its very funny and an ideal gift for anyone British - the first thing they will do is thumb through to find out if their town is in it. Then watch their face as either they are amused or get all defensive when reading the criticism of their home town. ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
Really funny, worth a read ( )
  stevetechnology | Dec 30, 2011 |
The idea of compiling a list of the worst places to live is a great idea; a counterpoint to the ubiquitous best places to live list. Unfortunately, any time most of your content comes in from the web, it's going to be spotty, especially here, where it appears to have been virtually unedited. "London" on a list of bad places to live is pretty risible; it's too big a place. There are areas in it which are among the best places in the world. Too many of the contributors are nothing more than splenetic, going on and on about how some yobbo crushed their parakeet when they were nine. A curate's egg of a book. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 18, 2011 |
"Britain is crap." is the opening line of this book, proving that we love to be negative about ourselves.

Which other countries would produce a book like this? ( )
  miketroll | Feb 22, 2007 |
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Britain is crap.
It sucks the life out of you, like a mock tudor vampire.
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Consummately contentious and fabulously funny, The Idler Book of Crap Towns is the real rough guide to where not to go in Britain. The authors name and shame the 50 worst towns on the island, revealing them in all their hideous glory. From the dull and lifeless to the ugly and depressing, no concrete monstrosity or phony heritage center has gone unscathed. Woking, Bognor Regis, Cleator Moor, Crouch End, Slough—your time is up.

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