How to Live like a Lord Without Really Trying

Shepherd Mead

Shepherd Mead

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

208 pages | 36 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2012
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781851242795 Published October 2012 For sale in North America only

In 1958, ad man and soon-to-be best-selling author Shepherd Mead moved to England with his family to pursue his career. Six years later, his observations on the oddities of British culture were enough to compile a satirical guidebook for fellow Americans planning to visit from across the pond. The blunders that could befall them were many. For instance, explains Mead, “Pants are always underpants and what you wear out in the open are trousers. Mistakes in this area can lead to nasty misunderstandings.”

Structured around the fictional Brash family—Peggy and Buckley Brash and their two children—the book, originally published in 1964, includes chapters on such topics as “How to Dress in England,” “The Dream House and How to Rebuild It,” and “How to Live with the Upper Classes Without Having Any Money.” Through the Brash family’s encounters with the British and their amusingly bewildered conversations as they attempt to interpret this alien way of life, Mead answers with obvious affection and quirky humor such questions as “Is England really a pest hole?” and “Do English schools create sex madness?”
 
Written with Mead’s characteristic incisive wit and illustrated with the original dynamic cartoons, How to Live Like a Lord Without Really Trying is packed with pithy advice that is equally revealing of Britain in the 1960s as its bemused American visitors.

 

Contents
This is not a U.S. Government Publication
A Note to British Readers

1. “Do I WANT to Live Like a Lord?”
2. How to Leave Home
3. Establish a Beach Head
4. Hotels Can Be Fun
5. How to Drive a MOW-tah-cah
6. How to Choose an Apartment
7. Now, Off to School!
8. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part I
9. How to Dress in England
10. How to Make the Worst of the Weather
11. “Are We Really SAFE Here?”
12. Now for the Open Road!
13. Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part II
14. How to Get Rich in England Part I
15. The Dream House and How to Rebuild It
16. How to Beat the Back Yard
17. How to Live with the Upper Classes without Having Any Money
18. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part III
19. Ambulances Are for Everyone
20. How to be Ruled
21. How to Get Rich in England Part II
22. “Should We Grind the Faces of the Poor?”
23. “Is it Time to Leave”
24. “Do I WANT My Daughter to be a Duchess?” Part IV

Appendix
Sex in Britain
How to Understand British
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