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December 02, 2005

Would this not make an ideal Christmas present? Decadence - (Ed.) Digby Anderson

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

The Social Affairs Unit's book Decadence, edited by Digby Anderson, is today reviewed by John Charmley in The Spectator - New virtues for old. (The Spectator, 3rd December 2005, p. 55 - somewhat annoyingly, due to a typographical error, the review is not listed on the magazine's contents page).

John Charmley writes:

As with all Social Affairs Unit publications, this one gives one furiously to think.
To those of you who are looking for Christmas presents, what better than a handsomely produced book that "gives one furiously to think"? The chapter authors include not only Digby Anderson, but also Social Affairs Unit Web Review regulars Kenneth Minogue, David Womersley, Christie Davies and Peter Mullen, as well as New Criterion editor Roger Kimball.

Alternatively, one of our other 2005 titles might make an excellent present for the right person: Neoconservatism: Why We Need It by Douglas Murray, Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy by Oliver Kamm, or Rich is Beautiful: A Very Personal Defence of Mass Affluence by Richard D. North. (Even I would not suggest that our remaining 2005 titles, When Students Turn to Terror and Dishonesty at Work - laudable though they are - would make suitable Christmas presents. Unless, that is, you have some very odd - or very difficult - relatives.)

Or you could keep someone entertained over Christmas with Digby Anderson's glorious 2004 tirade All Oiks Now: The Unnoticed Surrender of Middle England. This is a book in the same vein as Lynne Truss's recent Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life. But Digby's anger is much funnier - and at least you know he really means it.

In this little collection there should be something to annoy all the family - and your friends. Let it not be said that the Social Affairs Unit does not try to please.


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