The book is a look at early-'70s Britain, economically wrecked, incompetently run (the government of the day declared no fewer than five states of emergency over a four-year period) and terrorist-plagued. Some living there now might wonder what has changed. But what gets me here is the cover. It's like something out of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
The photo is the work of John Bulmer, and it's of a Manchester street in the early 1970s.
See more of Bulmer's work here. I don't yet know the book's designer, but they're very clever indeed.
UPDATE: The designer is the excellent Jim Stoddart.