Rod Liddle - Selfish, Whining Monkeys (2nd Hand Softback)
With a sharp eye for the magnificently absurd, Rod Liddle sets light to modern-day Britain. How did we get to be like this?
No previous generation has enjoyed the luxuries we take for granted today. But peace has made us complacent, freedom has made us irresponsible, affluence has made us acquisitive, comfort has made us neglectful of others, and security has made us tremulously insecure.
Unable to defer our gratification even for a moment, we want everything, and we want it right now regardless of whether we can afford it or not. Our homes are viewed not as places to live in, but as asset to generate money. Our collective civic decency has been replaced by a persistent, resentful sense of victimhood. Sedated by a dumbed-down popular culture, we are bullied by a tiny, unrepresentative elite of the privileged metropolitans and afflicted by imaginary illnesses (Morgellons, anyone?).
What is it that has transformed the British who in living memory were admired for their unassuming, stiff-upper-lipped capacity for muddling through into the feckless, obese, self-deluding, avaricious and self-obsessed whingers we have become?
Savagely funny and relentlessly contrary, yet with a poignant sense of all that we have lost, Rod Liddle mercilessly exposes the absurdity, cant and humbuggery of the way we live now.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Softback with French Fold Sleeves
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Law, Society & Social Sciences
- Published : 2014 (4th Estate)
- ISBN : 9780007351275
- SKU : B002277
- PPC : SP350gm
- RRP : £14.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'There's much to enjoy in this book: Liddle's heart is indeed in the right place when it comes to the poxes of neoliberalism, democratic emasculation, commodity fetishism and globalisation on our body politic' - Will Self, Guardian.
'Liddle has much to be happily unhappy about; he is after all a man whose anger is in tune with the distemper of the times. He believes - as do many of our countrymen and women - that this is a bad moment in our nation's history, and that things are getting worse. His book should sell.' - David Aaronovitch, The Times.
Roderick E. Liddle is an English journalist, and an associate editor of The Spectator. He was an editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme. His published works include, Too Beautiful for You, Love Will Destroy Everything, The Best of Liddle Britain and the semi-autobiographical Selfish Whining Monkeys.