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"A wonderfully enjoyable history of the changing fortunes of the middle orders over the past 500 years. A magisterial survey of the entire British class system, filled with richly detailed observation of the social differences on which it has thrived." Sunday Times "Our editor's favourite book of the season. Unputdownable." GQ "A hefty but pleasant read; comprehensive, engaging, sharp-eyed and fair-minded. A treasure trove for anyone who wants to know how we get from yokels to 'Marks and Sparks plonk" Daily Telegraph "An enchanting compendium of the games the English play, and the anxieties, frictions and resentments engendered in the pursuit of status." Times Literary Supplement The Middle Class is a canter through the history of the men and women who made modern Britain and who now, in greater numbers than ever, dominate the country. There are pauses to analyse their ideals, dreams, ambitions and tastes. The book opens with Chaucer's Wife of Bath and ends with Margaret Thatcher and her translation of middle-class values into public life. On the way, we encounter sly lawyers, foxy businessmen and women, lesbian farmers, Regency fashion magazines, prize fights, Victorian protests against unreliable trains, collapsing banks, religious revivals, early advice on contraception, pop music and Greens at war with by-passes. At every stage, we hear the authentic voices of the middle classes at work, at prayer, at play and in dispute.
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Those who buy this book will find something to intrigue them on almost every page (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Readable and full of fascinating quotations and figures (LITERARY REVIEW)
James is a well-informed guide to the past, conducting us on a tour from Chaucer to Thatcher. He has a sharp eye for detail (INDEPENDENT)
[A] magisterial, sweeping new history of the middle class in Britain . . . Amirable (HERALD)
A compelling and entertaining history of the British middle class by the bestselling author of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, RAJ and WARRIOR RACE.
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Book Description Thistle Publishing, 2015. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 1910198730_abe_bn