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Books in brief: The New Book of Snobs

DJ Taylor—who calls himself a "snobographer"—has an enjoyable, lively style

By Lucinda Smyth   December 2016

new-book-snobsThe New Book of Snobs by DJ Taylor (Constable, £16.99)

Writing a book about snobbery is a dangerous task. It can lay the author open to the same charge, the reader’s eye prepped for pretension, or alternatively, to the question of qualification: “who are you to be writing a book about snobs?” Luckily, DJ Taylor, who calls himself a “snobographer,” approaches the topic with sufficient wit and self-awareness to avoid falling into either of these potholes.

Inspired by WM Thackeray’s The Book of Snobs (1848), Taylor’s The New Book of Snobs is an…

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