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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toby Young Narrator: Toby Young Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first.

In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan - Alistair Cooke then, Anna Wintour now - so why couldn't he?

But things didn't go quite according to plan. Within the space of two years, he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn't get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do with him.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is Toby Young's hilarious account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy-magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys.

But it's more than the longest self-deprecating joke since the complete works of Woody Allen (Sunday Times); it's also a seditious attack on the culture of celebrity from inside the belly of the beast. And there's even a happy ending as Toby Young marries - for proper non-cynical reasons, as he puts it - the woman of his dreams. Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna Leung | 1/28/2014

    " Saw the movie because I love Simon Pegg movies. I was pleasantly surprised by this book though. There were some pretty outlandish things that went on with the author and I question how this book got published if they were true. Let alone the people he talked about so candidly - it's interesting in that he talks about reputation and yet there were some things revealed in this book that would slightly tarnish said rep. In my opinion anyways. Either way, if you're a total fashionista who's into the glossy fashion magazine of New York's Conde Nast, you might be interested in learning about the inner workings of such profession. I personally stopped buying magazines because they were a waste of money and space, so now my head is filled with more useless information! But still, an interesting read with a happy ending of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/24/2014

    " This book splits you in two ways, thinking the author is just a bit of a self important idiot and feeling sorry for him, as he appears to redeem himself towards the end. Funny and cringeworthy in equal measures, 4 stars because it was like a train wreck I couldn't tear myself away from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by K8e | 1/18/2014

    " Had a little trouble getting into the book. The majority of the book was funny and some of the stuff that Toby does is just hilarious and off-the-wall stupid. The ending didn't really keep me as interested as the middle of the book either. This was my favorite line: "Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/10/2014

    " Didn't really hold my interest very well. Very hard to relate with the main character or feel any type of compassion for him. "

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About the Author
Author Toby Young

Toby Young is the bestselling author of the laugh-out-loud funny How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. In the course of his career as a journalist he has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the Times of London and Vanity Fair, and most recently the Mail on Sunday. He is currently restaurant critic for the Evening Standard and theater critic for the Spectator. He lives in London.