High Society, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552999953

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I really enjoyed this story. The idea of legalizing recreational drugs is indeed intriguing, and quite sane when proposed in this book. Makes perfect sense. Except nothing is perfect and perfect sense is the most imperfect perfect there can be. Still, it does give one cause to wonder.

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I'd just started me detox program with booze because booze makes you fat whereas coke helps you slim. But, bollocks, I wanted a drink. I needed a drink. The record company blokes were all cacking themselves about what a great bloke I was for kicking a coked-up, half-naked girl out of a car in the middle of south London, and not for the first time in my life I realized that if I didn't get drunk quite quickly I might notice that I was a sad, arrogant, bullying bastard.I've always enjoyed Ben Elton's hard-hitting and satirical novels, and this one is no exception. The title is a pun on drug use, and the way that the whole of society is brought into contact with violent criminals due to the illegality of substances whose use is so widespread. A backbench Labour MP introduces a Private Member's Bill to legalise all recreational drug use, and the other strands of the story all involve people who are involved in drugs some way or other.
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As always, depressing and brilliant

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