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Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK Hardcover – 28 April 2022

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A searing onslaught on the smirking Oxford insinuation that politics is all just a game. It isn't. It matters -- Matthew Parris

A gripping read ... exquisite and depressing in equal measure -- Matthew Syed ― Sunday Times

A sparkling firework of a book -- Lynn Barber ― Spectator

Incisive, insightful and timely -- Richard Beard ― New Statesman

Fascinating ... The picture Kuper draws is of a nation with a decadent and deeply unprofessional ruling class, a diagnosis with which it is impossible to disagree -- Hugo Rifkind ― Times

Immensely entertaining ... a tremendous romp jam-packed with delicious indiscretions -- Tim Luckhurst ― Daily Mail

A brilliant book -- John Harris ― Guardian Weekly Politics podcast

A penetrating analysis of the connections that enabled an incestuous university network to dominate Westminster and give birth to Brexit ... perceptive and full of surprises -- Tim Adams ― Observer

Johnson, Cameron, Rees-Mogg, Gove and Cummings all feature in this look at the hidden depths of our current political establishment and its inextricable link to Eton and, in particular, Oxford University -- 50 Best Books for Summer 2022 ― Sunday Times

Shows how the culture of Oxford decisively influenced the tone of British politics and led to Brexit. Brilliantly written, it gripped me -- Paschal Donohoe ― Irish Times

Kuper is alert to the deficiencies of the Oxford Union style, the tendency to substitute some glib debating point for hard-headed analysis ... Engagingly brief with delightful details -- Andrew Gimson ― Conservative Home

Intellectually bracing ... a deep dive into the culture of the upper-crust public schools and university that produced ten of the UK's 15 post-war prime ministers -- Andrew Lynch ― Business Post

Elegant, witty, economical ... it is absurd how much influence this tiny, moneyed circle has been able to wield, and deeply depressing -- Zoe Williams ― TLS

Chums is not just about the smallness of Britain's privileged elite or the early advantages it enjoys. Simon Kuper goes further ... to critique a system that attaches more importance to winning debates than shaping policy -- Mike Phipps ― Labour Hub

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Kuper provides a different and valuable perspective, humane and informative

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Truly enthralling ... a deeply human read, wonderfully written, on the foibles of a fascinating, flawed, treacherous and sort of likeable character -- Philippe Sands

The most comprehensive and insightful biography to date -- Ben Macintyre

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Power. Privilege. Parties. It's a very small world at the top.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Profile Books; Main edition (28 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1788167384
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1788167383
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.2 x 2.79 x 22 cm
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