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5.0 out of 5 stars
breathtakingly great, 5 Sep 2006
until i read mrs johnson's fantastic satire on the cult of notting hill i had always aspired to move there. some hope as i am a humble taxi driver by day and an open university student by night as I strive to improve my mind through education. my chosen subject is modern history, with special reference to the post war 'imperial' adventures of the United States. my wife urges me to abandon these studies, saying that society is geared against people such as me, born and bred in the unsalabrious council estates of battersea, south of the river. not so, say I ; whilst not truly meritocratic (and how can we be when we have public schools, honours and, worst of all, vast gulfs in pay between management and workers?) we in this country have much more liberty and chance of advancement than most. to me, and i speak personally, albeit with the authority of learning, we should fight for equality, whatever that means. none of this is tackled by mrs johnson in her book and that is a pity, with her intellect and honesty she would have said some interesting things. never mind. I agree with other readers. As a book this is very poor and probably worthless, a mishmash of foolishness. As a treatise on wealth it shows promise. I will wait for Mrs Johnson's next book with interest. Such is her talent that she may yet produce a book of real value. I urge her to follow her heart, not her head.