The Appalling Guests
and other social stereotypes from the Telegraph Magazine
By Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape
Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape are at it again, observing the social scence with delicious and hilarious accuracy.
Michael Parkinson has described Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape as 'not so much observers, more collectors, pinning their victims like butterflies in a display cabinet. Their observations are made with the wit and humour necessary to survive the circles they move in.'
True to form, The Appalling Guests offers the chance to delight in yet another array of social stereotypes, from supermodel Tweetie's baby shower (the editor of Vogue has bought a leather nappy bag with organic nappy rash unguents wrapped in silver cellophane and sequins) to the Chalfont St Oswald amateur dramatics society staging of Little Red Riding Hood with leading light Pam, who has written it, directed it, designed the costumes and given herself the leading role.
You'll recognise them all -- the back seat driver, the beautiful boy at the gym, the merchant banker, the Archers addict and the competitive mother. And thanks to The Appalling Guests, you'll know how to avoid them.
Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape are the universally acclaimed duo who, over the past nine years, have created more than 500 social stereotypes. Their weekly column, with its unerring eye for human follies and foibles, is simply a must.
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13 Oct 2003
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The marriage of Sue Macartney-Snape and Victoria Mather is a dazzling combination. They fit together like Fortnum and Mason and they are achingly, achingly funny and sharp. — Jilly Cooper
They bring laughter even to a society haunted by the impending release of Jeffery Archer — Max Hastings
With consumate skill, the authors have once again skewered our national smugness. — Nicky Haslam
Victoria Mather and Sue Macartney-Snape have a mind-reader's gift for rootling around inside our heads, and serving up every last nuance and pretension as spot-on social comedy. — Nicholas Coleridge
A hilarious compendium of the social stereotypes that drive us up the wall! — The Good Book Guide