How to be an Alien is the humorous view of the strange habits of the British people,given by an outsider. With frank and open humor Mikes attacks the British for everything from ruining tea to being hypocritical. At the same time Mikes offers guidelines to foreigners on how to cope as a stranger in Britain. He highlights the confusion that can arise because of the subtle differences between Europe and England, such as the way the bell on a bus is used. With masterful irony Mikes draws colorful pictures of life in Britain, and makes amusing comparisons between continental European and British habits. Nobody escapes his wry and sometimes cutting wit, as he ruthlessly makes fun of people’s habits. He have such funny foreign ways’. Beneath the guise of laughing at the habits of the British people, Mikes mocks human nature in general.