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Class [Mass Market Paperback]

Jilly Cooper OBE
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Book Description

1 Mar 1999

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!


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552146625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552146623
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jilly Cooper is a well-known journalist, writer and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she and her husband live in Gloucestershire with several dogs and cats.

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"Witheringly funny, illuminated by astonishing brilliance" (Observer)

"Enormously readable and very funny" (Cosmopolitan)

"Highly entertaining, acerbic and wickedly observant... certain to become as much part of the verbal shorthand as was Nancy Mitford's U and Non-U, a generation ago" (The Economist)

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The devastatingly funny exposé of the English class system!

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This book was written in pre-Thatcher times but is still a great read. What would Jilly make of the British class system now? I suspect that despite all the surface changes, celebrity culture and apparent social mobility the class system is still much the same as it was when Jilly chronicled it in the 1970s.
Class is a must for any Jilly fan, she makes constant reference to the foibles of class throughout her brilliant Rutshire Chronicles. For example, in the book Riders, superstud aristocad Rupert Campbell-Black smothers his posh fish dish in tomato ketchup before digging into it to the horror of everyone else. He also has a penchant for white sliced pan (supposedly very working-class but also great comfort food for public schoolboys) and in the book Rivals gets a white sliced pan for Christmas from a nouveau-riche friend with working-class roots. Meanwhile the middle classes pick crusty bread daintily out of baskets.
Out of all the characters in Class I liked Snipe the labrador and Mr Definitely-Disgusting best. Buy this book, read it (you won't look up once until it's finished) and if you have any of the Rutshire Chronicles read them again. It will make them even more enjoyable!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking down the class barriers? 14 Nov 2002
By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When I first read this book, I really didn't like it. I thought it was quite insulting really, and was surprised that I felt that way, as I usually love Jilly Cooper's work. However, when
I read it again without my working class chip on my shoulder, then I really enjoyed it, and found it very funny. The trick is to realise that it is a humourous work, and not to take it seriously. It pokes gentle fun at all the so-called classes, and no one comes out of it smelling of roses! It is a clever book, I think, and one that I have since read many times. Read it with an open mind, and you'll laugh out loud, I promise!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love love love Jilly Cooper !!! 31 July 2013
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This book puts a humorous stamp on the upper classes and total snobbery that goes along with it !
i thoroughly enjoyed treading this little book. Unputdownable !
I love Jillys way of discription on certain classes and what they expect 'others' to behave like ......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class by Jilly Cooper 5 July 2013
By Margie
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Jilly Cooper's book, Class is a great read and very well written. So humorous too in her descriptions of the different classes..
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5.0 out of 5 stars spot on for humour 25 Jan 2013
By jontyc
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Jilly has that wonderful asset in that she is observant - the English class system here is humour personified with all it's absurdities. You are given magical insights into how the different strata of English/British tend to view each other. It is a subject that lends itself to being sent up, which the author does with aplomb. If you want a belly laugh......... read this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Oldie 15 Jun 2012
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This is an old book from the 70s, so it's a little dated, and not always politically correct, but still surprisingly accurate in its depiction of class stereotypes in British society. In fact it's one of the few popular studies of the subject of class that I've come across. Anyone who's curious about the British class system, or who just wants a good laugh could do a lot worse than give this book a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love Jilly 26 Mar 2014
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Oh the wonderful Jilly Cooper does it again fantastic book fun to read i could not put it down thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not fiction as thought... 10 Aug 2013
By PD
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Not actually got very far with this book as I thought it was an old one I had missed, but turns out to be more of a description of her background research for characters. A bit dull compared to her usual fare.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected from a jilly Cooper book
This is not a story it is Jilly's rant on what she believes class to be. There are some good insights but I was disappointed.
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Summer reading
Bit disappointed I love Jilly's books and I thought this was a fiction like her other books unfortunately it isn't it's non-fiction so didn't make
effort to finish first... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Liz M
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Jilly Cooper
I've always enjoyed reading Jilly Cooper books, but this is the exception and I'm struggling to keep on reading it - and then only because it's on my Kindle and I paid for it!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Putman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not read.
Have not read this book. It was not the same sort of book I'm used to from this author. Oo
Published 12 months ago by MrsH
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly
I could not be bothered to read very far but perhaps it is not my sort of book but I enjoyed the Rider series.
Published 13 months ago by Eirwen Cronan
1.0 out of 5 stars Unmitigated bilge.
I have enjoyed this writer's books in the past. They have been light hearted easy reading, faintly scandalous. This book is just repetitive rubbish and boring to boot.
Published 16 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read BOOK!
I often recommend this book to people, who were not born (& bread) here. Like "The English" (eremy Paxman)"Class" by Jilly Cooper is one of my favourites!
A must read book!
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Bella Stone
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