The 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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