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High Society


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The searing new novel from the bestselling author of POPCORN, INCONCEIVABLE and DEAD FAMOUS

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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.


In Elton's latest, a feckless Member of Parliament stumbles upon his moment in the media spotlight only to declare that the war on drugs is lost and to introduce legislation to legalize all drugs in Britain. The resulting spasms are felt through all levels of society-from certain royals to crazed, out-of-control rock star Tommy Hanson to a down-and-out addict and from London's Groucho Club loo (where some people actually go expecting to use the facility for its intended purpose) to the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Chameleon entertainer Elton (a stand-up comic, scriptwriter for the BBC series Blackadder, and novelist, his most recent title being Dead Famous) knows how to keep his cartoon characters moving quickly enough to entertain even the most jaded readers, and he manages to deliver a lesson or two about hypocrisy and the media along the way. This novel, which won Great Britain's WH Smith Fiction Prize (with readers casting their votes at the booksellers and online), should also find an audience on this side of the Atlantic. A good bet for larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A fix of high comedy from a writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains * Daily Mail *
As I raced to the end, I found myself applauding Elton. This is a tough subject tackled with courage and commitment -- Will Hutton * Observer *
Packed with Elton's trademark sharp wit and biting social commentary.. colourful and thought-provoking * Waterstone's Books Quarterly *

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