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Nicely Presented, But Little Substance,
This review is from: The Middle Class Handbook: An illustrated field guide to the behaviour and tastes of Britain's new middle-class tribes (Hardcover)
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this but, to be honest, it didn't really deliver on any front.
The book describes various middle class 'tribes' or stereotypes, such as 'Jamie Oliver's Army,' 'White Vain Man,' and 'Chaveau Riches.' In each case a typical couple/family are described, in terms of their likes/dislikes, attitudes towards social media and various celebrities, and so forth. Interspersed throughout are occasional features such as how each tribe goes about dividing the troublesome last slice of pizza or what their favourite bag for life is.
I guess this is supposed to be observational humour but, while I'd concede that it is vaguely observational (even if no one ever perfectly fits the average - the average person has fewer than two legs...), I just didn't find anything that funny. One or two remarks raised a half-smile, but for the most part I simply found it rather inane.
In fairness, at under 150 pocket-sized pages, with lots of pictures, the book is a quick and easy read. It's also quite nicely presented, in a smart hardback format, that would make a nice-looking gift. Sadly though I think it's style over substance and I'm rather glad I didn't have to waste any more of my time reading it as I don't think I profited from it at all.