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High society
Elton, Ben.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Bantam, [2002]

Physical Description:
346 pages ; 25 cm

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X Adult Fiction Central Library

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The war on drugs has been lost, but afraid to face that fact, the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime, and this story takes us through the landscape it has created.

Author Notes

Born May 3, 1959 in Catford, South London, Ben Elton began life as a member of an upper-class academic family. During the war his family had been forced to flee Prague when Hitler invaded. In Godalming Grammar School young Elton participated in amateur dramatics and wrote his first play when he was fifteen years old. He later attended Manchester University and earned a degree in drama.

He started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1980. Joining Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson in the Comedy Store in Leicester Square in London, Elton soon became one of the regular masters of ceremony. He continued to do stand-up in order to perform his own material. Soon, however, he branched out into plays, novels, and films. His first novel, Stark (1989), sold well in Britain and Australia. Popcorn, published in 1996, opened as a play in April 1997 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for best comedy in 1998.

(Bowker Author Biography) Ben Elton is the author of four previous novels, Stark, Gridlock, This Other Eden, and Popcorn. He lives with his wife in London.

(Bowker Author Biography) Ben Elton has written the British comedy series The Young Ones. His novels include Popcorn.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In Elton's latest, a feckless Member of Parliament stumbles upon his moment in the media spotlight only to declare that the war on drugs is lost and to introduce legislation to legalize all drugs in Britain. The resulting spasms are felt through all levels of society-from certain royals to crazed, out-of-control rock star Tommy Hanson to a down-and-out addict and from London's Groucho Club loo (where some people actually go expecting to use the facility for its intended purpose) to the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Chameleon entertainer Elton (a stand-up comic, scriptwriter for the BBC series Blackadder, and novelist, his most recent title being Dead Famous) knows how to keep his cartoon characters moving quickly enough to entertain even the most jaded readers, and he manages to deliver a lesson or two about hypocrisy and the media along the way. This novel, which won Great Britain's WH Smith Fiction Prize (with readers casting their votes at the booksellers and online), should also find an audience on this side of the Atlantic. A good bet for larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.