This is a series of short essays (taken from the author's newspaper column) each of which starts How to... and then goes on to discuss some small facet of modern life. The book's divided into short sections of 10 or so essays on a related topic, love & marriage, sport, etc. As with any colleciotn of this type, it has it's ups and downs. There is a dry sense of humour at work here and I found myself giggling happily at some of the essays. Some very good one liners and not at all afraid to poke fun at certain groups. Men in particular come in for a certain amount of stick. If you happen to be a single male trainspotting rambler, this is probably not for you.