The Middle Class Handbook: An illustrated field guide to the behaviour and tastes of Britain's new middle-class tribes

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What does it mean to be middle class in Britain in 2010? Do you wear a blue, white or pink shirt to the office? How wide is your TV screen? Does it mean that you call the lavatory "the euphemism", and actually quite like the sound of "restroom"? Does it make a difference if you call dinner "supper" or supper "tea" or lunch "dinner"? Can you be middle-class and not have a secret sexual fantasy about either a BBC newsreader, Cheryl Cole or Richard Hammond? Is it still acceptable to have straightened hair? Or highlights? What about fake tan? Is Victoria Beckham middle-class? Is Jordan? She is keen on horse riding, after all. You can think of this book, based on a website of the same name, as a handy reference guide to the myriad ways in which we can be middle-class in Britain today. And let's face it, most of us could use a guide some of the time - because, even now, in our hyper-driven, inter-connected and over-heated consumer-universe, it can be hard to keep on top of all this. The Middle Class Handbook is an indispensable and humorous must read that analyses more than 100 tribes and sub-tribes of Britain's battered and bruised society. You can follow us @MiddleClassHB

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An indispensable humour book about the middle class in Britain in 2010. With contributions from Britain's sharpest social commentators. Richard Benson became Editor of "The Face" in 1995 and is described by "The Guardian" as one of the leading social commentators. Stephen Armstrong also contributes as well as Peter York, Simon Mills and Miranda Sawyer. It covers everything from Richard Hammond to Victoria Beckham, illustrating the current celebrity lifestyle.

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"Indispensable... whether you're middle class or pretending not to be." --GQ magazine, 2010

"Hilarious... we laughed our organic, brushed cotton socks off." --Grazia, 2010

"The Middle Class Handbook skewers the middle classes, and then dissects them with ruthless comical accuracy. Social groupings are divided and then subdivided, sketching out the all-too-real character traits of couples you may well know, or even (cringe) be a part of yourself. An amusing read for amateur sociologists or anyone who's simply after a light read, a good snigger and the chance to judge one's neighbours possibly a little unfairly." --Esquire, 2010

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