High Society (novel)

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This article is about the 2002 novel. For other uses, see High society (disambiguation).
High Society
Author Ben Elton
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Bantam Press
Publication date
7 November 2002
Media type Print (Hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-552-99995-4 (hardback edition)
OCLC 52057873

High Society (2002) is a darkly comic novel by English author Ben Elton. The story focuses on Peter Paget, a Labour Party MP, and his mission to legalise all recreational drugs in the United Kingdom.[1][2][3][4]

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It also follows several other characters:

  • Tommy Hanson. Tommy Hanson is Britain's most successful musical artist and became famous after winning Pop Hero (ostensibly a reference to Pop Idol). He is an abuser of several drugs and narrates his story to people at his NA and AA meetings. His character is possibly inspired by Robbie Williams, whose name is mentioned several times in the novel.
  • Jessie. Jessie is a seventeen-year-old Scottish girl who, after running away from home to London, was coerced into prostitution. The story follows her battle to escape her pimp and her battle against her drug addiction.
  • Commander Barry Leman, a high ranking police officer who becomes obsessed with a personal quest for justice when a friend of his daughter's is horrifically sexually assaulted (and subsequently commits suicide) as a way of threatening him over his involvement with Peter Paget's campaign.
  • Emily Hilton-Smith, a drug-addicted socialite who publicly renounces drug use and joins Paget's campaign after the events of a night out force her to confront her addiction.
  • Samantha Spencer, Paget's beautiful but psychologically unhinged mistress.
  • Sonia, a teenage drug mule imprisoned in a Thai jail.


  1. ^ Hutton, Will. "Chasing the dragon". theguardian.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "High Society". amazon.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "High Society". goodreads.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "High Society". waterstones.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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