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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People by Toby Young
  

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

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People either love or hate him but Toby Young has written an hilarious account of his five years in New York after being offered a dream job at Vanity Fair. He desperately wants to make an impression and delight in all the luxuries of this high-powered social world but instead he manages to offend most of the people he comes in to contact with, although you can’t help feeling that is because of their own lack of humour and also their complete belief that they are the most important people in the world. Some great anecdotes and a brilliant social commentary on New York life you will be squirming in your seat and laughing out loud.

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Synopsis

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People by Toby Young

When Toby Young was headhunted from a promising career in London journalism to work for "Vanity Fair" in Manhattan, the world seemed to be at his feet. His account of his career suicide (or euthanasia) shows his painful descent until no job was too small and no one returned his calls.

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I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book Julie BURCHILL This man, Toby Young, is a rat and a snake and, to hear some tell it, also a raccoon. He deserves all these nasty blurbs Dave Eggers, author of A HEARTBREAKING WORK of STAGGERING GENIUS. In How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Toby Young--columnist and former co-editor (with Julie Burchill and Cosmo Landesman) of The Modern Review--portrays himself as a man pulled to the New York media set by twin desires: to trade one-liners with modern day Dorothy Parkers and Robert Benchleys over very dry martinis, and to drink Cristal from a supermodel's cleavage in the back of a limo. In the event, neither is fulfilled and desire shows itself up to be the snake that eats its own tail--endless and ultimately encircling a big fat zero. How to Lose... is Young's own telling of his disastrous five-year career in New York journalism, initiated when he is offered a job at Vanity Fair, Conde Nast's flagship star-fest. Young may have been hired for his snappy prose, but his real genius turns Fiona Buckland, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW


About the Author

Toby Young

Toby Daniel Moorsom Young (born 1963) is a British journalist and the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his failed five-year attempt to make it in the U.S. as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, as well as The Sound of No Hands Clapping, a follow-up about his failure to make it as a Hollywood screenwriter. His obnoxious wit has earned him almost as many enemies as admirers and the title of "England's heterosexual Truman Capote". As the son of a baron, he is entitled to use the title the Honourable, but declines to style himself as such.

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Publication date

18th September 2008

Author

Toby Young

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www.tobyyoung.co.uk/

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780349121406

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