The genuinely rough guide to Britain is back. Ten years after it first lifted the concrete slab in the garden of England, Crap Towns returns to dish the dirt on the latest planning disasters, urban blight and posh blighters disfiguring our nation.
'My friends and I once spent an evening in Thetford. Some people threw a cucumber at us.'
'Southampton: the only place in the UK I've ever seen someone get on a bus and nonchalantly spark up a crack pipe.'
'Bacup long claimed to have the shortest street in Britain - Elgin Street - but recently lost the title to Ebeneezer Place, an even shorter street in Wick, to the fury of locals, who complained that the Scottish rival was only 'a corner'.'
Sam Jordison - M, under 30, 5'11", WGSOH, all limbs thankfully intact, no diseases to report - was the brains behind Crap Towns and Crap Towns II and so, according to an article in the Independent, started a small publishing revolution based around swear words. More recently he has written a book about cults, cranks and religious eccentrics called The Joy Of Sects. He lives in Oxford with his girlfriend and enjoys cycling along the river and watching old episodes of The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin.