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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2011
I found myself in the book and was surprised how accurate it was. Also found some of my friends. Have gone back and read several chapters again. Really good read.
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There's something very entertaining about analysing the British and their deseprate need to identify with the certain classes. And it is perhaps the Middle Classes that defy catergorisation so splendidly. After all, there is no kudos attached with being middle-class. Some strive for the cool credentials of being workign class whilst others would be distraught to be thought of anything other than part of the upper echelons. This book won't change that, but it's a diverting little read. Although some of the pop-culture references are already dated.
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on 12 April 2013
Was hoping for something a little funnier but actually if you are looking for an amusing book on the middle class "The Art of being Middle Class" is, in my opinion, a better read. This one is more like a manual, categorising different types and setting out their preferences. A loo book perhaps?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 November 2010
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This is one of those books that you think, "OK, I'll have a read, but I am sure I won't be one of those stereotypes." Yeah, right! The author breaks the middle classes down into what he refers to as 'sub-tribes' and then proceeds to discuss their habits and the way that they think.

Who could have thought that the type of re-useable shopping bag that you use can be so defining? I spent a very enjoyable evening (on my own in a hotel whilst on business) reading this book, and was nearly crying with laughter. On the second reading, I began to realise that, whilst I didn't fit into one specific character (Thank God!), there were bits where I could recognise myself. Even more amusing was that the fact that I could recognise bits of friends and colleagues, and even my husband, who would tell anyone that he is firmly working class.

This is more than a book that you buy as an amusing stocking filler for Christmas. I did start to think a bit about some of my habits, and how they come across to other people. It is also useful, because someone working in sales, it is easy to see how one can make a decision on someone based on their actions.

In summary, buy this book both for the amusement and for the insight into your own habits.
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VINE VOICEon 31 January 2011
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I found this a rather depressing book. It profiles 11 "tribes" - Jamie Oliver's army, the Damn-Wrights, the Fair to Middlings, etc. Each "tribe" is, as far as I could make out, defined by the type of consumer goods its members purchase. I didn't recognise myself in it, or in fact anyone I know. I've never met anyone like the people living within its pages.
Moreover each "tribe" struck me as being pretty unpleasant - materialistic and pretentious. The best thing I can say about the experience of reading it is that it left me determined to think harder about what consumer goods I buy, and whether I really need them. It brings home how vacuous and unneccessary a lot of our purchases are. Somehow, though, I don't think this was the effect the book was intended to have on its readers. I didn't find it funny at all. If anything, it left a rather nasty taste.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2010
I bought this book after seeing it featured in The Sunday Times Style magazine and really enjoyed it.

The book guides you through different sub-tribes of Britain's Middle Classes, among some its newly discovered social tribes are the "chaveau riche", "Jamie Oliver's Army" and the "Saga Louts". Its fun matching your friends to the different tribes identified in the book and working out where you fit in yourself.

This is a funny, light hearted read that I would definatly recommend. A handy size for taking on the bus too.
Middle Class or not, this book is well worth a read.
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on 15 December 2010
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This is a short but witty book which gently mocks the middle classes. Some parts remind you of people you know but mostly it's just harmless fun. Enjoyable coffee table book.
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What is basically a sneery subjective poke at the Brit middle classes is given a 'social lab' spin that merely serves to add pomposity to cynicism.
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on 3 June 2013
Funny and insightful, but society is changing at such a rate that book like these quickly become outdated. Very witty, though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Again, falling into the strange category of a useless/useful small, sharp book for social commentary designed almost exclusively as a Christmas stocking filler and toilet book, this small tome is an affectionate savaging of the lives that millions in the UK live. In honesty, I thumbed through this toilet tome trying to identify myself, and yes, I found myself more than once. The categories of society broken down here are basic, rough, and after a while, the book suffers from an excess of ideas over presentation. It's hard to see a clear structure to what is presented, or how it is made. The initial idea describes a couple and makes them grotesque caricatures of who they are which ends up. Ultimately though, this slender tome is exactly what it is : a website reformatted for the printed page designed to be given out to relatives at Christmas.
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