Come on a tour of our interactions with oil – from the first oil wells to the present day – and just about every use of oil – from industry to bubble bath.
VFUU shows how we use oil and the economic and environmental costs of doing so.
But don’t worry it is not a heavy book laden with jargon, conspiracy theories and vitriol.
It gives oil, and the oil industry, the credit it deserves for making our lives historically healthy and wealthy.
It also shows that it would be wise to use less oil.
And it gives some fabulous examples of people who have just got on with the job of taking oil out of their lives.
Readers have commented on its lively, pacey tone, and it explains every bit of terminology in everyday English.
How well do you benefit from the drop in oil price
We are constantly told that UK petrol prices can't fall because of the taxes we pay when we fill up.
I decided to explore this and found that it is only partially true - you will have to read the book to see the lovingly crafted chart...
The VFUU Price of Oil
You can see the answers in the chart below. The bar shows the makeup of the price of petrol in June 2014. The solid line shows how the price of petrol changed. The dotted line shows how it could have changed. We could have been paying less than a pound per litre from August 2015, but these prices did not arrive until Asda ‘slashed’ their price on 27 November 2015. In the meantime, someone be it the oil companies, refineries or retailers benefited from the difference between the potential and actual prices (the exchequer definitely did).