Cooler, Faster, More Expensive

The Return of the Sloane Ranger

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Author: Peter York,Olivia Liberty

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781843546788

Category: Great Britain

Page: 288

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'Posh' is back and bigger than ever. From Peaches Geldof to David Cameron, a new breed of Sloane is taking over the country and Peter York, Britain's foremost social commentator, and Olivia Stewart-Liberty are determined to unveil them to an unsuspecting public. This essential account of the Sloane renaissance includes emerging breeds of a subtle and powerful social network: Chav Sloanes (who call friends 'Blud'), Turbo Sloanes (who live in NYLON), Eco Sloanes (who have strong preferences for veg boxes and kaftans) and even Bongo Sloanes (who are big on chakras and iridology), Sloanes are exhibited, examined and explained. English society will never look quite the same again. Cooler, Faster, More Expensive is the insider's guide to what really matters. One simply cannot afford to miss it.

The official preppy handbook

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Author: Lisa Birnbach

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780894801402

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 3818

A facetious guide to emulating the look, speech patterns, thinking, and lifestyle of those who attend prep schools and are a part of high society

The I-hate-preppies handbook

a guide for the rest of us

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Author: Ralph Schoenstein

Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN: 9780671437961

Category: Fiction

Page: 121

View: 1878

A tongue-in-cheek comparison of the manners, language, recreation, education, and life styles of preppies and non-preppies

Style wars

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Author: Peter York

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

View: 4626

Class

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Author: Jilly Cooper

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409032000

Category: Humor

Page: 368

View: 9681

CLASS IS DEAD! Or so everyone claims. Who better to refute this than Jilly Cooper! Describing herself as 'upper middle class', Jilly claims that snobbery is very much alive and thriving! Meet her hilarious characters! People like Harry Stow-Crat, Mr and Mrs Nouveau-Richards, Samantha and Gideon Upward, and Jen Teale and her husband Brian. Roar with laughter at her horribly unfair observations on their everyday pretensions - their sexual courtships, choice of furnishings, clothes, education, food, careers and ambitions... For they will all remind you of people that you know!

The New Book of Snobs

A Definitive Guide to Modern Snobbery

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Author: D.J. Taylor

Publisher: Constable

ISBN: 1472123956

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9858

'Hugely enjoyable' AN Wilson, Sunday Times 'Thoughtful, entertaining and enjoyable' Michael Gove, Book of the Week, The Times Inspired by William Makepeace Thackeray, the first great analyst of snobbery, and his trail-blazing The Book of Snobs (1848), D. J. Taylor brings us a field guide to the modern snob. Short of calling someone a racist or a paedophile, one of the worst charges you can lay at anybody's door in the early twenty-first century is to suggest that they happen to be a snob. But what constitutes snobbishness? Who are the snobs and where are they to be found? Are you a snob? Am I? What are the distinguishing marks? Snobbery is, in fact, one of the keys to contemporary British life, as vital to the backstreet family on benefits as the proprietor of the grandest stately home, and an essential element of their view of who of they are and what the world might be thought to owe them. The New Book of Snobs will take a marked interest in language, the vocabulary of snobbery - as exemplified in the 'U' and 'Non U' controversy of the 1950s - being a particular field in which the phenomenon consistently makes its presence felt, and alternate social analysis with sketches of groups and individuals on the Thackerayan principle. Prepare to meet the Political Snob, the City Snob, the Technology Snob, the Property Snob, the Rural Snob, the Literary Snob, the Working-class Snob, the Sporting Snob, the Popular Cultural Snob and the Food Snob.

The New Georgian Handbook

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Author: Alexandra Artley,John Martin Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 112

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Authenticity is a Con

(Provocations)

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Author: Peter York

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 184954848X

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 8269

The idea of authenticity - deliciously vague and as ubiquitous as Starbucks - has hit the spot in almost every sector of 21st-century life. But can we trust the authentic image of Nigel 'man-of-the-people' Farage, Sarah 'hockey mom' Palin or Gwyneth 'inner life' Paltrow? Are punk bands, distressed denim and rustic furniture really as spontaneous as people seem to think? Is bare-brick Shoreditch just one big authenticity scam? From motivational speakers to PR consultants, music entrepreneurs to devoted foodies, bearded hipsters to earnest YouTubers - and, yes, politicians too - 'authentic' has become the buzzword of our age. But, as Peter York has discovered, its meaning has changed and become corrupted: every advertising agency, micro-connoisseur and charlatan going has re-tooled the language of authenticity for our changing market and it is now practically impossible for us to differentiate between authentic and 'authentic'. Drawing on witty anecdotes and analysing various spheres of everyday life, Peter has set out to uncover the truth behind authenticity - the ultimate con of our generation.

True Prep

It's a Whole New Old World

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Author: Lisa Birnbach

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0375712011

Category: Humor

Page: 248

View: 8242

The author of "The Official Preppy Handbook" evaluates the world of preppies thirty years later, tracing how this generation has adapted to such modern challenges as the Internet, cell phones, and political correctness.

The Hipster Handbook

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Author: Robert Lanham

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307485943

Category: Humor

Page: 176

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hip•ster - \hip-stur (s)\ n. One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool"; a Hipster would instead say "deck.") The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat. Clues You Are a Hipster 1. You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn't won a game since the Reagan administration. 2. You frequently use the term "postmodern" (or its commonly used variation"PoMo") as an adjective, noun, and verb. 3. You carry a shoulder-strap messenger bag and have at one time or another worn a pair of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-style glasses. 4. You have refined taste and consider yourself exceptionally cultured, but have one pop vice (ElimiDATE, Quiet Riot, and Entertainment Weekly are popular ones) that helps to define you as well-rounded. 5. You have kissed someone of the same gender and often bring this up in casual conversation. 6. You spend much of your leisure time in bars and restaurants with monosyllabic names like Plant, Bound, and Shine. 7. You bought your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift shop to be kitschy, and often throw vegetarian dinner parties. 8. You have one Republican friend whom you always describe as being your "one Republican friend." 9. You enjoy complaining about gentrification even though you are responsible for it yourself. 10. Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks. 11. You own records put out by Matador, DFA, Definitive Jux, Dischord, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Smells Like Records, and Drag City. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Season

A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season

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Author: Sophie Campbell

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781311404

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8316

DIV When travel journalist Sophie Campbell squeezed into heels and a hat to investigate the English social season, she got more than she bargained for. Why, she wondered, were events such as the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Derby at Epsom, Royal Ascot, the Henley Royal Regatta, Wimbledon Fortnight and Glorious Goodwood so formal, so fashionable and so famous? Her hectic and sometimes hilarious journey through the English summer proved as exotic as any tribal rite of passage as she swam the River Thames in the dark, partied with owners and trainers at Ascot, camped out for Wimbledon, joined Irish Travellers at The Derby, infiltrated the parents’ stand at the Eton v Harrow cricket match and got caught using a mobile in the Stewards’ Enclosure at Henley. En route she found a fascinating and surprisingly complex social structure dating back to the time of the Stuart monarchs and involving fashion, food, art and the marriage market. The English summer will never be the same again. /div

Live Like a Millionaire (Without Having to Be One)

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Author: Vicky Oliver

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1632200325

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2289

The wealthier few get invited to glitzier parties, live in swankier homes, drive faster cars, and date hotter people. But why should life’s perks accrue to only the fantastically rich? In a world where social standing is determined by perception, Live Like a Millionaire (Without Having to Be One) will show you what it takes to mingle with millionaires, party with plutocrats, and attain the lavish lifestyle on a stipend. Vicky Oliver will teach you how to: Dress to impress, even if the emperor (you) has no clothes. Skimp on the items no one will notice anyway. Achieve millionaire hair for pennies. Develop frugalista fashion flair. Amass a $64 million vocabulary. Use your conversational charm and social media moxie to schmooze your way into the Inner Circle. Attain the trappings of luxury—no matter your net worth!

The English Gentleman

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Author: Douglas Sutherland

Publisher: Prion Books

ISBN: 9781853754180

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

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Originally written for Debrett's Peerage, Douglas Sutherland's guide to that endangered species, the English Gentleman, was composed as an antidote to all the dull little books on manners. Both genuinely informative and very amusing, The English Gentleman offers the parvenu a window onto the world of the genuine article. It describes his habits, where he might live, what he might wear, his school, his clubs, his hobbies and sports, his family and relationships, his mode of speech, and the acceptable way to behave in almost any given situation. Not to mention advice on the correct attitudes toward money (it's vulgar), sex (it's vulgar), and business (it's vulgar unless, of course, it's run at a heavy loss). This is a hilarious initiation into the eccentric world of the stiff upper lip.

The Gentlemen's Clubs of London

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Author: Anthony Lejeune

Publisher: Stacey International Publishers

ISBN: 9781906768201

Category: Architecture

Page: 242

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On its first publication in 1979, Lejeun's The Gentlemen's Clubs of London rapidly established itself as a widely sought-after and quoted work around the world among those intrigued by and participating in the rarefied world of the famous clubs of London society. This is a new, thoroughly updated edition.This book lays forth the histories of the clubs, why and how each came into being, who belongs and belonged to which, how members are chosen, and how the clubs have changed down the generations - if indeed they have. This work tells of the ambience and grace of the clubs, their privacies and eccentricities, and of the yarns, disputes and scandals to which they have given rise. Here are new and archival photographs of the clubs' interiors, ranging from the elegant to the snug, premises which are sometimes secret and quirky and sometimes grand, each unique and fitting the character and contributing to the needs and lives of its members.

Class and Contemporary British Culture

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Author: A. Biressi,H. Nunn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137314133

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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How does culture articulate, frame, organise and produce stories about social class and class difference? What do these stories tell us about contemporary models of success, failure, struggle and aspiration? How have class-based labels been revived or newly-minted to categorise the insiders and outsiders of the new 'age of austerity'? Drawing on examples from the 1980s to the present day this book investigates the changing landscape of class and reveals how it has become populated by a host of classed figures including Essex Man and Essex Girl, the 'squeezed middle', the 'sharp-elbowed middle class', the 'feral underclass', the 'white working class', the 'undeserving poor', 'selfish baby boomers' and others. Overall, the book argues that social class, although complicated and highly contested, remains a valid and fruitful route into understanding how contemporary British culture articulates social distinction and social difference and the significant costs and investments at stake for all involved.

Darkness Visible

With an introduction by Philip Hensher

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Author: William Golding

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571312241

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize Darkness Visible opens at the height of the London Blitz, when a naked child steps out of an all-consuming fire. Miraculously saved but hideously scarred, soon tormented at school and at work, Matty becomes a wanderer, a seeker after some unknown redemption. Two more lost children await him, twins as exquisite as they are loveless. Toni dabbles in political violence; Sophy, in sexual tyranny. As Golding weaves their destinies together, his book reveals both the inner and outer darkness of our time.