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This is an auction for HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE by Toby Young. review:

“HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE 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 out to be antagonising the rich and famous. He hires a strip-o-gram on bring-your-daughter-to-work day, asks celebs about their religion and sexual orientation, gets blasted on coke while trying to do a photo shoot, and spends less time pulling up his chair to the modern day equivalent of the Algonquin table than trying to blag his way past "clipboard Nazis" barring his way into showbiz parties. Oh, and he gets sued by Tina Brown and Harold Evans. This is the place, he soon discovers, where greatness is measured by how far up the guest list you are for Vanity Fair's Oscar party. But two things raise this particular loser's story above the crowd. First is his spot-on outsider's inside observations on phenomena such as the New York dating scene. Second, he connects everyday experience to social politics in order to grind both personal and political axes. If these are soft targets, then the hilariously toe-curling experiences that lead him to take aim are well worth the price of a cocktail.”

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Paperback 2002.

342 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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