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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  352 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Or so everyone claims. Who better to refute this than Jilly Cooper!

Describing herself as 'upper middle class', Jilly claims that snobbery is very much alive and thriving! Meet her hilarious characters! People like Harry Stow-Crat, Mr and Mrs Nouveau-Richards, Samantha and Gideon Upward, and Jen Teale and her husband Brian. Roar with laughter at her horribly u
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Corgi (first published May 28th 1981)
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Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I giggled constantly through the whole thing... nodding my head the whole time, agreeing with Jilly's deliciously wicked insights. If you ever want to know about the English class system, this book is a must! OK... it might be a bit of a warped view and things may have changed a little since it was first written in 1979. But through hilarious characters like Harry Stow-Crat, Mr and Mrs Nouveau-Richards, Samantha and Gideon Upward, and Jen Teale and her husband Brian you get to see how British pe ...more
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favourites and comfort re-reads.
Shu cortesi
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i have read and reread this book so many times, hilarious and educating.
Nat Wolfenden woods
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book started my love of sociology... Pure heaven & funny too...
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun! Each of the classes is equally made fun of, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very funny book, still as relevant today as when it was written in 1981.
Terrie Lobina
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Definitely to be read again. Great fun
Gemma (Non Fic Books)
Again, another 3.5* rather than a flat 3.

Hugely politically-incorrect but wildly entertaining... at first. After 200 or so pages I knew where she was going with each topic so it became somewhat predictable. That being said, Jilly Cooper's writing is always thoroughly enjoyable and it was interesting to see how little has changed since the late 70s/early 80s when this was written. A fun book but maybe one to dip in and out of rather than read cover-to-cover.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Not only was I amused, but I think it did shed some light on the British novels of the 50s and 60s I occasionally read, as well as upon the early 90s television shows such as Keeping Up Appearances (which is obsessed with class & class-markers, all the humour is in that) I sometimes watch. It is not a serious book, nor a scholarly one, but then, I did not expect it to be.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very amusing non-fiction (re)read indeed. Jilly Cooper obviously knows what she writes about, and I wish she had written an update, say, 10-15 years later. I'd love her take on Sloane Rangerdom, Lady Diana and all that ...
As an American, I loved this discussion of British class. I did think she betrays herself a bit, though -- her depiction of the lower middle and upper middle classes were much more vicious than anything else she wrote. Funny, though.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction, humour
Perhaps a bit dated but a funny look at the British class system, something that as a foreigner i always find fascinating
Jamie Rose
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very funny look at the British class system, probably somewhat out dated now.
Þóra Gylfadóttir
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Stéttaskiptingin í Bretlandi gerð gegnsæ og JC svoooo fyndin.
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
A comic study of the British class system, which lacks the erudition and sociological penetration of mind of comparable studies. Formulaic and dull, generally speaking. Cooper offers caricatured portraits while only superficially exploring the psychological habits of mind that underlie human behavior in the various class contexts she examines. In consequence, her knowledge of the British class system seems glib and second-hand, and her jokes fall somewhat flat.
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Jilly Cooper, OBE (born February 21, 1937) is an English author. She started her career as a journalist and wrote numerous works of non-fiction before writing several romance novels, the first of which appeared in 1975. She is most famous for writing the six blockbuster novels the Rutshire Chronicles.
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