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Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties


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For lovers of the glamour and scandal of the roaring twenties and the millions of fans eagerly anticipating the return of Downton Abbey (the third season opens in the twenties), an illustrated lifestyle guide to the fashion, the parties, the notrious personalities, and all the glittering trappings from the unforgettable era of the flapper.

Bright Young Things is a perfect guide to the roaring twenties--hot jazz and hotter all-night dance halls, high society's scandalous exploits, fresh new fashions, Prohibition cocktails, costume parties, and of course, the notorious flapper. Decorated throughout with art deco illustrations and packaged in a beautiful foil-stamped case, this book looks stunning resting on a coffee table and makes a fabulous gift. 

About the Author

A multi-faceted and versatile writer, Alison Maloney is a film and TV correspondent for the Sun online, and is also the author of several books, including the previous bestselling Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2008, a number of children's titles and The Mums' Book: For the Mum who's Best at Everything, which reached No 1 on The Sunday Times bestseller list in March 07. She currently resides in London.

Table of Contents


Welcome, You Bright Young Thing

The Bright Young State of Mind

The Postwar Party

How to Be Bad: The Flapper Life

Liberated Ladies: Meet the Iconic Flappers

Learn the Lingo: The Flapper Vernacular

Across the Pond: Meet the Bright Young People

Rubbing Elbows: Meet the Mayfair Set

Host a 1920s-Themed Scavenger Hunt

Cause a Scandal: Bright Young Shenanigans

Choose a Mentor: Bright Young Influencers

Further Reading: Start Your Own Roaring Book Club


Dress Like a Bright Young Thing

The Sartorial Rebellion

Flirting with Fashion: Flapper Wardrobe Essentials and Accessories

Bright Young Faces: Bold Beauty Tips

Chop Chop!: Get Your Own Bobbed Look

Not Your Father’s Suit: Casual and Formal Looks for the Modern Man

Sporting a Bowtie: How to Properly Tie One On


Hook Up (and Get Hitched)

A Roaring View of Marriage

The Flapper Bride: What to Wear for a Trip Down the Aisle

In the Spotlight: Bright Young Celebrity Couples

Read All About It: Scandals in the Tabloids

Mad About the Boy: Homosexuality in the 1920s


Throw a Scandalous Soirée

The Never-Ending Party

Throw Your Own Bath and Bottle Party

Plan Your Own Red and White Party

Party like a Bright Young Thing: Themes for Your Next Fête


Prohibition Cocktails Guide

The First Mixologists

Criminal Behavior: Bathtub Gin and Bootleg Booze

Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Homemade Brews

Shaken and Stirred: Mix Your Own Prohibition Cocktails


Dance All Night

The Jazz Age

Roaring ’20s Playlists: Tunes for a Big Night Out . . . and the Morning After

Dance Crazy: Learn the Steps to the Charleston

Speak Easy: The Underground Social Scene

Where to Be Seen: “It” Clubs Abroad

Come to the Cabaret

Cabarets for the Modern Flapper

Nightlife Royalty: Famous Musicians, Dancers, and Club Owners


Entertain Yourself

Entertainment and Glamour

Tinseltown: Hollywood Studios and the Silent Silver Screen

Silent Slapstick: Host a ’20s Comedy Night

Drama and Intrigue: Oscar-Worthy Dramas of the ’20s

Dashing Heroes and Mysterious Villains: 1920s Action Flicks to Get Your Heart Racing

The Jazz Singer: Enter, The Talkie

Dawn of an Animation Empire: Mickey Is Born

Who’s Your Idol?: Celebrities of the Screen and Stage

Sources and Bibliography

Product Details

Maloney, Alison
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Western Civilization-Historical Reference
World History-1650 to Present
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