Monday, 7 February 2011

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young

How do you do that then?
Review by Maryom

In 1995, British journalist Toby Young decided it was time to head to New York to make his name and his fortune at Vanity Fair. Unfortunately, somehow things went more than slightly awry - New Yorkers didn't take to his British humour, single women wouldn't look at him twice and Vanity Fair decided he wasn't what they needed and didn't renew his contract. Just how did he manage it?

This wasn't quite what I'd thought it would be. I'd seen the trailers for the film based on it (though not the film) and expected a comic, rom-com, chick-lit sort of book. Although there are undoubtedly comic passages, the overall tone is of fairly serious social and political comment. Young's account of his attempts to bluff his way into the Vanity Fair Oscars party or conquer the New York singles scene are interspersed with his thoughts on the differing structure of American and British society, political correctness, freedom of thought (or its lack) in universities, work ethics ...

An interesting book but not what I expected.

Maryom's review - 3 stars
Publisher -
Abacus Books
Genre -
Adult autobiography


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