Now you are on your own. Here are some things you can do and books you can read
Still on everyone's top ten and most people's top two of books on equity investment: "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham. First published in 1949 based on ideas developed in the thirties.
Tim Hale: "Smarter Investing: Simpler Decisions for Better Results".
For an insider's description of the role of the Institutions in the City it's hard to beat Tony Golding's "The City: Inside the Great Expectations Machine".
William Bernstein has been described in Investors Chronicle as "the quiet genius of modern investment advice". He is particularly strong on asset allocation (but with American assets). His book "The Four Pillars of Investing" is an excellent core text. Briefer, but more concentrated, "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" brings clarity to what can be made to seem a forbidding subject.
Anyone except the complete numeri-phobe will obtain many pain-free insights from "Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life" and "Black Swan" , by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Join an Investment Club, or collect some friends and form one.
Join UK Shareholders Association. UKSA