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How to Live Like a Lord Without Really Trying


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In 1958, ad man and soon-to-be best-selling author Shepherd Mead moved to England with his family to pursue his career. Six years later, his observations on the oddities of British culture were enough to compile a satirical guidebook for fellow Americans planning to visit from across the pond. The blunders that could befall them were many. For instance, explains Mead, “Pants are always underpants and what you wear out in the open are trousers. Mistakes in this area can lead to nasty misunderstandings.”
Structured around the fictional Brash family—Peggy and Buckley Brash and their two children—the book, originally published in 1964, includes chapters on such topics as “How to Dress in England,” “The Dream House and How to Rebuild It,” and “How to Live with the Upper Classes Without Having Any Money.” Through the Brash family’s encounters with the British and their amusingly bewildered conversations as they attempt to interpret this alien way of life, Mead answers with obvious affection and quirky humor such questions as “Is England really a pest hole?” and “Do English schools create sex madness?”
Written with Mead’s characteristic incisive wit and illustrated with the original dynamic cartoons, How to Live Like a Lord Without Really Trying is packed with pithy advice that is equally revealing of Britain in the 1960s as its bemused American visitors.


About the Author

Shepherd Mead (1914–94) was an American advertising consultant and the author of the best-selling satirical guidebooks books How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and How to Succeed with Women Without Really Trying. The former was developed into a Pulitzer Prize–winning musical.


Table of Contents

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A Note to British Readers

1. “Do I WANT to Live Like a Lord?”

2. How to Leave Home

3. Establish a Beach Head

4. Hotels Can Be Fun

5. How to Drive a MOW-tah-cah

6. How to Choose an Apartment

7. Now, Off to School!

8. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part I

9. How to Dress in England

10. How to Make the Worst of the Weather

11. “Are We Really SAFE Here?”

12. Now for the Open Road!

13. Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part II

14. How to Get Rich in England Part I

15. The Dream House and How to Rebuild It

16. How to Beat the Back Yard

17. How to Live with the Upper Classes without Having Any Money

18. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part III

19. Ambulances Are for Everyone

20. How to be Ruled

21. How to Get Rich in England Part II

22. “Should We Grind the Faces of the Poor?”

23. “Is it Time to Leave”

24. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part IV


Sex in Britain

How to Understand British

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Mead, Shepherd
Bodleian Library
Popular Culture
World History-England General
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7.75 x 5 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Materials Science » General
Transportation » Nautical » General
Travel » Europe » Great Britain

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