Life in the United Kingdom by Jenny Wales
There is only one audience for this one, and that audience is people who are planning to live in the UK long term.
In a nutshell:
Everything the UK government thinks one needs to know to become a citizen or permanent resident of the nation.
Why I chose it:
On 22 September I’m taking the Life in the UK exam, which I need to apply for permanent residency early next year.
So this book is subtitled ‘A Guide for New Residents’ and honestly I wish they gave these out to everyone with their visa. I’m sure historians and current political folks will take issue with a lot in this book, but I was looking for a very basic book to explain how things work here, and this is a pretty snappy little abridged history of the UK.
As someone who is from a republic, it’s taken awhile to wrap my head around a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system. And as I type this, I’m listening to the BBC broadcast about the Queen’s passing, which just happened this afternoon. There is a lot in this handbook that is no longer applicable. I think the national anthem has changed, right? It’s now God Save the King?
If you ever find yourself moving to the UK for more than a few months, even if you don’t plan to stay long enough to pursue citizenship, I think that it would be a good idea to pick this up. There’s some useful information in here, and some interesting little facts.
Recommend to a Friend / Keep / Donate it / Toss it:
Keep it. My partner needs to study!