Consumed by Harry Wallop

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Accordingly, Consumed is primarily a breezy journalistic zip over the way class operates now – bolstered by interviews with case studies, statistics from the ONS and a historical background sketched in from newspaper archives...
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‘Harry Wallop is one of the sharpest and funniest journalists writing in Britain today. He has an instinct for the killer detail that truly brings a story to life.' – Jay Rayner

This is the story of how we became defined by what we consume.

Discover what the thickness of froth on your morning coffee or where you buy your jeans really says about you, and the role of retailers and big business in this new class system.

In this revealing account, award-winning journalist and consumer affairs expert, Harry Wallop takes a fresh look along society’s dividing lines and uncovers how our lifestyles and consumer choices are the new determining factors of class and social status in modern Britain.

Find out which new social categories you and your friends belong to in today's modern consumer world. Are you an Asda Mum, Wood Burning Stover or Sun Skittler? Do you know a Portland Privateer or Rockabilly? And exactly who are the Hyphen-Leighs?

Insightful and engaging, Consumed will completely change the way you think about your shopping habits.

 

About Harry Wallop

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Harry Wallop is an award-winning journalist and feature writer at The Daily Telegraph. He also presents prime-time consumer programmes on Channel 4. Harry is married with four young children. This is his first book.
 
Published January 17, 2013 by Collins. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ben East on Feb 17 2013

But for all the interesting social history, and his achingly true observations – taking in the clever packaging of the Waitrose...And in the end, it means Wallop doesn't achieve much more than reinforce the stereotypes he has so much fun building.

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Reviewed by Sam Leith on Jan 18 2013

Accordingly, Consumed is primarily a breezy journalistic zip over the way class operates now – bolstered by interviews with case studies, statistics from the ONS and a historical background sketched in from newspaper archives...

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