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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848546807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848546806
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guaranteed to make one chortle (Daily Mail)

I never ever do jacket puffs. Even for indispensable and entirely charming books. I never make an exception. Except this one (Stephen Fry)

A hilarious ramble through middle England (House and Garden)

The night before I had been reading The Middle Class ABC by Fi Cotter-Craig and Zebedee Helm and chortling at how accurately they skewered so many aspects of my life, from compulsive jam-making to fanatical dish washer loading and vegetable growing (Janet Street Porter, Daily Mail)

Glorious compendium . . . pins the modern middle class with brilliant and hysterical accuracy (Daily Mail)

Cringe-makingly and consistently funny. The best toilet, I mean loo, book ever (Rachel Johnson, Evening Standard)

Teasingly brilliant ABC that celebrates being middle class . . . You will chortle with gusto at these wry observations (Field)

The first time my wife and I read The Middle Class ABC, flicking through the pages as we lay in bed, we ended up galloping through the entire book, increasingly desperate to identify one major characteristic of our lifestyle that hadn't been expertly lampooned and made gloriously funny by the two geniuses who compiled, created and illustrated it (Country Life)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie King on 17 Nov 2012
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The Middle Class ABC is wonderfully funny and for anyone who has ever hankered for or owns a second home, has 'interesting' names for their children it is a must. I laughed out loud at a joke on every page. I've never written a review here before but this is so good I want to share. The illustrations Are wonderful and subversive without ever being nasty. It is a wonderful mirror on middle class Britain today and should be in every Middling loo by the end of the year and if that's not enough Stephen Fry described it as entirely charming - it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roper Walken on 13 Nov 2012
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I was expecting the usual how to be middle class guidebook but re-visiting the bunting-clad cover I'm wondering why I could possibly have thought that? Just one look should have told me this was different. It is BRILLIANT, brilliantly funny, brilliantly observed, brilliantly written and brilliantly drawn. I think to get the full joy of it it needs to be passed round a dinner table (or as I have discovered from the book itself)'kitchen supper'table which has now replaced the moribund dinner party - and read out loud. No 'quirk' of the modern middle classes is left unturned - whether its the Kirstie Allsop (accurately renamed Kirsty Allposh for the book) inspired mania for 'Knocking Through' or the ridiculous names of the children of modern middlings everything is spot on. But then I suppose it would be, the authors are called Fi and Zebedee so I suppose they know a thing or two about Boden, Bunting and Boxed Sets. And as they would, and do, say quite often in the book - 'What fun!", it really is
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wig Peers on 27 Nov 2012
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This is indeed the perfect book to be shared, nonchalantly left about on coffee tables, bedside tables and even on the Ottoman (see O). In fact I think everyone should buy several so they can have one in each room and some to spare as last minute presents. It is very funny, perceptive and the cartoons are brilliant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shervie on 29 Oct 2012
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I love this book, it made me laugh so much. It is clever and witty and sympathetic with lovely cartoons that are very original. It will make an amazing Christmas present. Once you have seen it you will want one in the loo or beside the bed to dip in and out of. I did a lot more dipping in than out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Goodman on 28 Oct 2014
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A really good idea, this book, which might perhaps (easier to criticise than to do!) have been slightly better executed. The idea is great - start with the letter 'A' and write as many things about the middle-class beginning with that letter, in as humorous a way as possible, as you can think of; then move on the 'B' and so on. I say it might possibly have been done a tad better because in some cases the jokes might have been developed a little further, but don't be put off - it really is a very funny read, and it certainly captures many middle-class, or would-be middle-class, foibles beautifully. It is also an excellent way for any aspiring middle-class wannabes to find names for their children: Jocasta and Pandora are SO yesterday, dahling! Good for a chuckle, the occasional "Eek - I do that!" and lots of bunting. Worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Pickford on 14 Dec 2012
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Oh dear the middle classes exposed in all their glory... Yes guilty as charged but much more fun for thinking about the people you know. A real giggle and a good gift for a yummy mummy but only one with a sense of irony. The real thing will think it is her autobiography!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 18 Nov 2012
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This is the book I would like to be given for Christmas if I hadn't already been given it. It's not simply very funny, it's also, in its teasing way, acutely perceptive. Yes, it's perfect for dipping into (it calls itself a 'loo book') but I galloped through it, with never less than a grin and more often an out-loud chuckle. And the cartoons are absolutely inspired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nina on 11 Nov 2012
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To call this a loo book is I think, not right. I do not want to keep my copy locked away in the smallest room in the house for brief moments of  humour. I want to shout about it loudly and read it with friends. It is brilliant. And very funny. Funny in that slightly disconcerting  way.  The humour is observant and wry and exposing and perhaps a little too close to the bone. But that is what makes it so good. And less of a loo book and more of a scarily accurate historical account of some of the ridiculous and not so ridiculous aspects of contemporary "middling" British society.  And that is why it is a book to share and to laugh about and to enjoy with others. Not to lock away for moments of privacy. It is brilliantly written.  And  it is packed with illustrations that are whacky and true. And really excellent. This is not a loo book.  Because of this or despite of this, you should buy it.
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