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High Society Hardcover – December 1, 2003
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From the Publisher
Ben Elton, author of the number–one UK bestseller Dead Famous— which Publishers Weekly called “hilarious” and Kirkus Reviews hailed as “A delicious… fast and funny read”—is also well–known as a stand–up comedian, a scriptwriter for the British cult television series Blackadder, the playwright of three West End hits, and the author of six novels—all major UK best–sellers.
Top Customer Reviews
Peter Paget is the main character. He is a recently revitalised back bench Labour MP, questing to pass a members bill that legalises all drugs in the UK. Tommy Hanson, the winner of (insert generic music talent show here) and a subsequent British superstar, wants to stop living like a rock'n'roll trash bag. Jessie is a 17 year old Weedgie girl who hastily moves to London, gets hooked on heroin - and ends up on the game. Sonia, an 18 year old Brummy bird gets banged up in a Thai prison for trying to smuggle heroin back to the UK. Samantha Spencer is Paget's beautiful, but emotionally unhinged parliamentary secretary. Paula Wooldridge is a recreational drug user. She is also a hack journalist determined to end Paget's career. Barry Leman is an honest, old school police officer on Paget's side. He is threatened by a couple of corrupt police officers, to keep out of drug policy.
`High Society' is an addictive (pardon the pun) page turner, full of scallywags, reprobates, junkies, drinkers, and party people. Aside from all of this frivolity, there are shrewd thoughts, honest observations, and important questions asked throughout the pages of this book. The topic is poignant, and one of the most controversial issues of our times. Although I'm not fully convinced - Ben Elton argues a good case for the legalisation of drugs.
This book covers a wide range of topics; drug dealing and addiction, prostitution and human trafficking and touches on dodgy political practice and maneuvering that is really corruption - lite coupled with a wee bit of human redemption. Who else but Ben Elton could write a story about these disparate elements that is readable, amusing and at the same thought-provoking and somewhat sobering?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed his style of storytelling and will look forward to reading more by Ben EltonPublished 5 months ago by Pam Carroll
Brilliant book. Intelligent, amusing with a profound content. Loved it!Published 22 months ago by Teresa
For light and entertaining reading Ben Elton is up there with the best. This book deals very effectively with the modern-day drug culture and poses a very interesting and... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by John Pitcher
I loved this book! So well written. This book has got a bit of everything. This was recommended to me by a friend and I would definitely recommend it to everyone else!Published on November 1, 2013 by Fiona
I found it a great read and so different to my previous Ben Elton read, Two Brothers. The characters were very real and the story branched off in different directions but this... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Kerry Bromhead
One of the best books I've ever read. Elton combines biting satire with thoughtful ruminations on drug policy. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by LibChic
High Societyis one of Ben Elton's best novels. It's funny, it's well written and addresses a serious issue. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by MaskedMarauder