How to Lose Friends & Alienate People by Toby Young

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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 quite go 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, noncynical 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."BEFORE PUBLICATION: "I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book."-Julie Burchill AFTER PUBLICATION: "A relentlessly brilliant book-a What Makes Sammy Run for the twenty-first century…the funniest, cleverest, most touching new book I've read for as long as I can remember."-Julie Burchill, The Spectator
 

About Toby Young

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Toby Young has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines. He lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Unknown. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Toby Young 352pp, Little, Brown, £9.99 Title notwithstanding, this account of trying and failing to take the Manhattan media world by Modern Review co-founder Toby Young is a feel-good book.

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Production year: 2008 Countries: UK, USA Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 110 mins Directors: Robert Weide ...

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(Much of this seems to be a close proximity to the truth and Young, credited as "co-producer and script consultant" allegedly got himself banned from the set for sheer annoyance value.) Like Pegg's Run Fatboy Run, it also unwisely grafts on a lame romcom.

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The Guardian

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Here is a goofy, amiable adaptation of journalist Toby Young's book about his calamitous spell in New York in the 90s, working for Graydon Carter's Vanity Fair magazine - directed by Robert B Weide, producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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The Guardian

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Toby Young Llittle, Brown £9.99, pp352 There are two obvious problems with Toby Young's book.

Nov 11 2001 | Read Full Review of How to Lose Friends & Alienat...

Publishers Weekly

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British-born Young, who has also been fired from the Times of London and the Guardian, paints Carter as a fascinatingly complex individual, capable of devastating employees or helping them face dire health problems.

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Entertainment Weekly

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE Toby Young (Da Capo, $24) Young drops a lot of names in his memoir of media life, most gratingly those of Ben Hecht, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Edith Wharton, all trotted out to ennoble a blazingly vacant tale.

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Entertainment Weekly

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, based on Toby Young’s opportunistic 2001 memoir of the same name, chronicles the short-but-sour New York career of the British journalist, who arrived for a stint at Vanity Fair at the invitation of its flamboyantly coiffed editor, Graydon Carter.

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AV Club

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In adapting How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Toby Young's memoir of an oft-disastrous stint toiling for Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair, director Robert Weide and screenwriter Peter Straughan faced a formidable challenge.

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Common Sense Media

Sidney's only friend is colleague Alison (Kirsten Dunst), who manages to look beyond his idiotic stunts -- getting drunk at the company picnic, ordering a stripper for the boss -- and see the good guy beneath.

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Time Out New York

Add to that a tired idea of bumbling but lovable Brits abroad (The Hugh Grant Syndrome) and a lazy, antiquated depiction of journalism, and there isn’t much to trouble the intellect.

Sep 30 2008 | Read Full Review of How to Lose Friends & Alienat...

Variety

Fields and Lenny Bruce and the director and exec producer of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," helmer Robert Weide possesses indisputable comic credentials, but he hasn't seen fit to tone down Pegg's wide-eyed, gape-mouthed mugging or to make him forget about the presence of the camera, to which the star a...

Sep 30 2008 | Read Full Review of How to Lose Friends & Alienat...

The Telegraph

There's a growing body of literature out there on the subject of character education, the latest being Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld's The Triple Package which I write about in my Spectator column today. In the past, I've even emphasised these soft skills myself and at the West London Free School...

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