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Julie Burchill , Chas Newkey-Burden
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2 April 2009

It is a great and glorious tradition the world over - to vehemently state one thing and then do the exact opposite. Royals are doing it, reformed smokers are doing it, and politicians are virtually synonymous with it. Welcome to the heyday of hypocrisy.

From the Everyday Hypocrites (cyclists, white hip-hop fans, reality television-haters) to the truly pungent Stinking Hypocrites (chav-haters, green campaigners and anti-Americans), Julie Burchill and Chas Newkey-Burden pull no punches in their witty harangue of those who shamelessly say one thing and do another.

Features the modern hypocrite's favourite holiday destinations, sporting heroes and the hilarious Hypocrites' Ultimate Weekend.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753516853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753516850
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"She is always, always funnier, wittier and more memorable than any of her alleged rivals" (Word magazine)

"A spirited attack" (Nick Cohen The Observer)

"Waspish and witty" (The Daily Mail)

"Something for everyone" (The Independent)

"Absolutely brilliant, a fabulous, clear-eyed book that will frequently make you laugh out loud" (Jewish Chronicle)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left-wing hypocrisy about Islam exposed 23 Nov 2013
Of the many strands of hypocrisy beautifully exposed here, my favourite is the left's embrace of extreme right-wing Islamists. Homophobia, misogyny, anti-Semitism, all supposedly anathema to he left are whitewashed, or even justified, when Muslims practice them. Even Muslims who reject these messages of hate are shunned by the left. Well done Chas and Julie. A brilliant book that should be required reading in schools! It is a testament to the madness of our age. Buy it.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and captivating read 27 Dec 2009
The best argument to read this book comes from the One Star Reviews here - what a babble! No arguments, just smear and hate, which is too prevalent in debate today. Why not read it and make your own mind up.

Is it true? That's the question you need to answer.
Well done Julie. My copy has been passed around a fair bit now and always gets people talking and ASKING QUESTIONS!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you like being challenged? 26 Jun 2009
By Matt
There are far too many books that preach to the converted. But the appeal of Not In My Name is that it doesn't take sides. Well, of course it does - nearly every page is crammed with superstrength opinions. But it certainly doesn't play it safe. Everyone who reads this book - left, right, gay, straight - will find their own particular hypocrisies glaring back at them. Like a good rant with the best kind of drinking buddies, while I certainly disagreed with Burchill and Burden more than a few times, I finished the book grateful for having my (green, lefty, white, middle class, straight) assumptions about the world challenged, and the evening - to stretch the metaphor - definitely finished with high fives outside the kebab shop. On some issues I came away with my own convictions stronger in defiance of theirs, but on others they convinced me the world isn't quite the way I might lazily have assumed it was.
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33 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 1 Oct 2008
This is an excellent book. The chapter exposing the hypocrisy of the green/global warming movement is worth the cover price alone. The authors have put into writing the thoughts of the silent majority. Thank you for having the courage to say what the mainstream press won't publish.
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22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor's New Clothes Strikes Again 4 Nov 2008
This woman and her co-author deserve a medal for daring to say the unsayable and think the unthinkable...and in such a hilarious way, too. And how refreshing-and reassuring- to come across someone so unashamedly pro semitic in an age when it just isn't fashionable to be so. Good on ya guys
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its not about you 11 Feb 2011
The title of this book spells out its thesis: that the chattering classes are a bunch of self-regarding thought police. It argues against the herd-mentality that pronounces judgment against lazy targets rather than making the effort to think out personally held and defensible opinions. It lambastes Saddam appeasers, reactionary so-called alternative comedians, anti-Americanism. The Catholic Church also gets a well-deserved kicking.

I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't say I relish this book. It fizzes along and skewers a gamut of modern hypocrisies, then grills them on the flames of its author's venom. Pay attention and you'll periodically cleanse your palate too by spooning choice morsels from the fruit salad of said author's own inconsistencies.

In conclusion: a call to arms for the thinking classes.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven and a half out of ten 4 Dec 2008
By HuddsOn
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing - it's heartening to see that age has failed to dampen Julie Burchill's creativity. I was even more pleasantly surprised to find it was relativly free from the xenophobia, misandry and general gratuitous nastiness and bile that regrettably marred much of her earlier work.

Near-death experience? Found religion? Or perhaps it's just that her marriage has helped her sort out her "issues" with men - who knows? In fact, some of the very people she has a bone to pick with here are feminists - or rather, people who imagine they stand for women's liberation but whose ideas are, in reality, far from liberating. In one chapter, she deconstructs the phenomenon of the whole "it's okay to be fat" movement, which started as a plea for acceptance on behalf of plump and obese women, but ended up becoming just another way of making women feel insecure about their own bodies. I think she has a point. Is a statement like "real women have curves" any less a type of body fascism than saying "real women have olive skin" "or real women have blue eyes"? Or how about "real men have muscles"?

Later, she explores the resurgence of class prejudice in supposedly egalitarian 21st Century Britain. In the past I'd always considered Burchill's obsession with "class" to be a rather silly anachronism, but the examples she gives of the growing tendency to denigrate and ridicule members of the white working class are disturbing and have made me wonder whether she may be right after all. She suggests that declining levels of career satisfaction in "middle-class" jobs may be to blame.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life is full of hypocrisy. Deal with it. 13 Jan 2009
At first glance this looked like my sort of book, an exposure of liberal hypocrisies by insiders who had 'seen the light'. What we have instead is a series of essays written in a 'jokey-blokey' style that range from female masturbation(!) to American foreign policy. The authors also show that they are not impartial to a spot of hypocrisy themselves: CMB is gay. He says that he much prefers the open 'gayboy' name calling of his football associates to the hypocrisy of liberals. However, he later criticises the former attitude.
People who recycle are also targets. If you live in Bromley, Bexley or Sutton you are not doing your bit, you are a hypocrite. This is because you are not only recycling more than others but are doing it whilst being better off as well!
The book does have one redeeming part that earned it a third star and that is the chapter on foreign affairs examining the lefts attitudes toward America and Israel.
If you want a detailed analysis of the modern left then try books by Nick Cohen or Andrew Anthony.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Self-righteous, ranting drivel
I could barely get past the first page. A load of old opinionated faff. I think we know who the hypocrites are, we need only look at the cover.
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by Andrew
1.0 out of 5 stars A 'celebrity' biographer calls
When an author is defined by 'celebrity' biographies and an unqualified support for Israel based on 'gut feeling', you can expect the worst.... Read more
Published on 30 July 2010 by R. Mellor
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic short read!
"Once upon a time Julie Burchill was a smart, Soviet-supporting, left-wing, anti-war activist. She's a shell of her former self now, having turned into an anti-environment, pro-war... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by Mr. James R. Bloodworth
1.0 out of 5 stars hypocrisy
V.poor book. I wouldnt even bother taking it out from the library never mind buying it.
The sad thing is i was actually really looking forward to reading this... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by Michael Curran
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
Once upon a time Julie Burchill was a smart, Soviet-supporting, left-wing, anti-war activist. She's a shell of her former self now, having turned into an anti-environment, pro-war... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2009 by Zero
1.0 out of 5 stars They call this an argument?
The overall message of this book may or may not have been accurate, it's rather hard to tell behind the style of writing. Read more
Published on 23 May 2009 by J.
1.0 out of 5 stars No Julie no!!!
If you want simplistic, almost childlike analysis of important topics like Iraq and Israel this is the book for you.
Published on 20 Dec 2008 by Franz B
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