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The Embarrassing Parents: And Other Social Stereotypes from the "Telegraph" Magazine Hardcover – 10 Oct 2002


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 5th Edition edition (10 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719562317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562310
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Neither I, The Embarrassing Parent, nor my daughter The Gap Year Student, can live without Social Stereotypes. (Emma Soames)

Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape are not so much observers, more collectors, pinning their victims like butterflies in a display cabinet. Their observations are made with the wit and humour necessary to survive in the circles they move in. Very enjoyable. (Michael Parkinson)

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In the book their fans have been waiting for, Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape introduce a new cast of characters, from Serena the Flirt and her current prey Roderick to Abigail the Terrible Flatmate, with her cabbage soup diet and greying bras draped across the bath.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "chelseab2000" on 14 Feb 2004
The collaboration of Mather and Macartney results in a highly comical and entertaining read. Mather provides sharp, quick witted descriptions of those recogniseable characters while Macartney-Snape brings them to life. Prepare for unlimited laughter and endless amusement-great for those wanting a light-hearted distraction. For those interested in illustration, Macartney-Snape is undeniably a brilliant artist who captures her characters with charm and appeal-an asset to the Telegraph.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2003
Once more Mather and Mcarteny-Snape have been spying on my family, friends and colleagues. I am very well acquainted with Gideon, I know several Althea's, and a friend is very worried that her own Andrew was the model for Andrew the newly retired husband.
I love the drawings, especially those of the 'long suffering wife' characters.
According to my own family, if I don't qualify as Laura, the prep school mummy, then I am Patsy, the embarassing parent. Ah well!
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By Sandy on 5 April 2011
Ideal present for the "liberated" daughter, and a good read before you send it to her. Such perception of life's minutiae is wonderful.
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By Mrs S. Orr-Ewing on 15 Nov 2014
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Super book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book looked hilarious, but one mustn't judge a book by its cover 23 Nov 2005
By J. E. Pearce - Published on Amazon.com
The illustrations were great, and I found that the one page of text was addictive (the author originally published these in their newspaper column) but apart from one or two vignettes, it didn't have the "laugh out loud" factor that I thought I was promised by the cover. I skipped through most of it because it was too tiresome to read.

Obviously I am here in New Zealand and unaware of the situation in Britain where these social stereotypes apparently exist. But this book isn't by the British version of Dorothy Parker, from what I can tell.
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Why I left England 28 Dec 2004
By TDrinkrrr - Published on Amazon.com
Ah, England. A country full of lovely people...with the depressing, lethal trait of wanting to feel socially superior to someone else. Enter this book of 200-word character portraits of such archetypes as the Politically Correct Vicar (pastor) or the Uninvited Weekend Guest, collected from the pages of the Telegraph newspaper.

You have to ask yourself, what is the point? Who would read this, and why? I think the answer is, people who want to feel part of a superior social group but are not. You can be sure that the real toffs feel no need to read this drivel, and the Telegraph is rarely read by what one would call 'blue-collar' workers, so that leaves a swathe of middle-class people who think that by snickering at these portraits they are somehow superior. OK, so I know it's a little bit of fun, but it just utterly depressed me.

I'm awarding this book two stars solely because of the excellent illustrations, by Sue Macartney-Snape. Otherwise, drivel.
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