Selfish Whining Monkeys

Rod Liddle

In the western world, on this great isle, we live longer, richer, safer than ever before. The unequal are made even, the weak are coddled, the sensitive are spared their blushes. We are freer than ever to be individuals, free from the sort of dour responsibility that attends faith in hoary old images of nation, community and, that most crummy and stifling institution of all, marriage. The pettifogging ties that once held us to account in society are now thrillingly soluble.   But are we happier? Fuck no. Reflecting on his parents, his upbringing and his life, Rod Liddle sets about dissecting and diagnosing – in some cases prescribing treatment for – our very sick state. Lawyers, politicians, citizens – they all cop it. Offending every piety conceivable, Selfish Generation demonstrates how we have become imprisoned by various – often antithetically opposed – ideologies that make life exponentially less pleasant for the people of Britain.   Frequently funny, dauntlessly contrary, even rather tender, but never than less eloquent, even in deepest apoplexy, Rod Liddle explains and excoriates modern living.

Reviews of Selfish Whining Monkeys

    • ‘”Selfish, Whining Monkeys” more than justifies Liddle’s status as one of Britain’s funniest, most daring columnists. If he weren’t so offensive you’d almost call him a national treasure’ James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday, ****
    • ‘Readers will probably know in advance if they are going to enjoy or be offended by Rod Liddle’s new book. Liddle is, by some margin, Britain’s most prolific pundit … His loyal readers will love it’ Evening Standard
    • ‘Liddle lured me in with his riotously entertaining take on everything from attitudes towards obesity to what he calls our “respec” culture. He’s admirably self-deprecating and happy to take his share of the blame for the problems he identifies’ Matt Cain, Independent
    • ‘The best way to read the Liddle book is as a self-loathing joke’ Julie Burchill, Spectator
    • ‘There’s much to enjoy in this book: Liddle’s heart is indeed in the right place when it comes to the poxes of neoliberalism, democratic emasculation, commodity fetishism and globalisation on our body politic’ Will Self, Guardian
    • ‘Filled with his trademark dry and self-hating wit, I would recommend even Rod-sceptics read his book; although sometimes called a contrarian, all his arguments are reasoned and reasonable and it’s not your standard country-gone-to-the-dogs polemic. Far from being nostalgic, the society he describes us leaving behind sounds depressing and cruel at times, although filled with a certain Viz-like British humour’ New Statesman
    • ‘If you haven’t heard quite enough yet this summer about middle-aged, middle-class, straight, white men and how they are so badly done by in Broken Britain, then this is the book for you’ Independent, The Hot List
    • ‘Liddle has much to be happily unhappy about; he is after all a man whose anger is in tune with the distemper of the times. He believes — as do many of our countrymen and women — that this is a bad moment in our nation’s history, and that things are getting worse. His book should sell’ David Aaronovitch, The Times