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Publisher Comments:

In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan-Alistair Cooke then, Anna Wintour now-so why couldn't he? But things didn't quite go according to plan. Within the space of two years he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn't get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do withhim. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is Toby Young's hilarious account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys. But it's more than "the longest self-deprecating joke since the complete works of Woody Allen" (Sunday Times); it's also a seditious attack on the culture of celebrity from inside the belly of the beast. And there's even a happy ending, as Toby Young marries-"for proper, noncynical reasons," as he puts it-the woman of his dreams. "Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first."BEFORE PUBLICATION: "I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book."-Julie Burchill AFTER PUBLICATION: "A relentlessly brilliant book-a What Makes Sammy Run for the twenty-first century…the funniest, cleverest, most touching new book I've read for as long as I can remember."-Julie Burchill, The Spectator

Review:

"Young's language is energetic and engaging, making one wish...that he'd find a worthier subject. Enjoyably bitchy specifics of Conde Nast culture, buried beneath tedious social analysis and self-deprecation." Kirkus Reviews

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"Wildly funny." GQ

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"It'll make you feel a whole lot better about your own miserable career." FHM

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"Reads like a cross between Bonfire of the Vanities and an episode of Seinfeld." Courier Mail

Review:

"As career moves go, Toby Young's were the worst since Abraham Lincoln booked theatre tickets. But they make a magnificent read." Sunday Times (London)

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"Hugely enjoyable." Time Out

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"A feel-good book. Really." Guardian

Review:

Before publication: "I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book." Julie Burchill

After publication: "A relentlessly brilliant book — a What Makes Sammy Run for the twenty-first century...the funniest, cleverest, most touching new book I've read for as long as I can remember." Julie Burchill, The Spectator

Synopsis:

A British journalist offers a hilarious account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys.

About the Author

Toby Young was born in 1963. In the course of his career as a journalist he has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the Times of London, the Guardian, the Independent, and Vanity Fair. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306811883
Author:
Young, Toby
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Da Capo Press ed
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1120
Publication Date:
July 2, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
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Product details 368 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306811883 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Young's language is energetic and engaging, making one wish...that he'd find a worthier subject. Enjoyably bitchy specifics of Conde Nast culture, buried beneath tedious social analysis and self-deprecation."
"Review" by , "Wildly funny."
"Review" by , "It'll make you feel a whole lot better about your own miserable career."
"Review" by , "Reads like a cross between Bonfire of the Vanities and an episode of Seinfeld."
"Review" by , "As career moves go, Toby Young's were the worst since Abraham Lincoln booked theatre tickets. But they make a magnificent read."
"Review" by , "Hugely enjoyable."
"Review" by , "A feel-good book. Really."
"Review" by , Before publication: "I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book." Julie Burchill

After publication: "A relentlessly brilliant book — a What Makes Sammy Run for the twenty-first century...the funniest, cleverest, most touching new book I've read for as long as I can remember."

"Synopsis" by , A British journalist offers a hilarious account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys.
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