High Society

High Society

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The war on drugs has been lost but for want of the courage to face the fact that the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. From pop stars and princes to crack whores and street kids. From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime. HIGH SOCIETY is a story or rather a collection of interconnected stories that takes the reader on a hilarious, heart breaking and terrifying journey through the kaleidoscope world that the law has created and from which the law offers no protection.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 280g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0552999954
  • 9780552999953
  • 112,603

Review Text

In this fast-paced tale, Elton successfully interweaves the stories of his characters with an examination of British drug culture from a variety of perspectives. The novel focuses on three key characters: Tommy Hanson, the winner of the national Pop Idol contest and a drink- and drug-addict, Jessie the abused teenage runaway from Scotland who arrives in London only to be dragged into drug-taking and prostitution, and Peter Paget, a Labour MP determined to make all drugs legal. In the background are Sonia, a young English girl who ends up in a Thai jail for drug smuggling, and Commander Leman of the Metropolitan Police, who is fighting corruption in the force and supporting Peter Paget's crusade. This is a persuasive story which through its clever mix of drama and humour makes a series of important political points. In the best traditions of story telling the light comedy allows for relief from the dark moments of horror and despair which many of the characters encounter. The narrative is told by the different characters in turn, involving the reader in each of their predicaments and showing how the chain of events set off affects all those around them. Elton manages to make a convincing argument for the incoherence of British drug policy without sacrificing the integrity of his characters, and the result is an engaging and thought-provoking novel. (Kirkus UK)show more

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"A fix of high comedy from a writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains" Daily Mail "As I raced to the end, I found myself applauding Elton. This is a tough subject tackled with courage and commitment" -- Will Hutton Observer "Packed with Elton's trademark sharp wit and biting social commentary. colourful and thought-provoking" Waterstone's Books Quarterlyshow more

About Ben Elton

Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.show more