Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Chivalry Forsaken

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS - Chivalry Forsaken

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Joan Collins first came to public notice in the 1950s, as a Rank starlet and sex kitten. In the 1970s she starred in film adaptations of her younger sister Jackie's novels The Stud and The Bitch, and in the 1980s as Alexis Carrington in the American soap opera Dynasty. More recently she has reinvented herself, in these pages and elsewhere, as a g rand e dam e and moral arbiter, bemoaning the debased standards and general vulgarity of our times. The World According to Joan (Constable, £12.99) finds her in full Lady Bracknell mode.

'Chivalry is dead, ' one chapter begins, 'manners have been thrown out of the window and politeness is an arcane word. . .' Quite. Otempora !

O mores! Benefit scroungers, spitters, queue-bargers, jeans-wearers and tweeters are all gleefully excoriated - though Collins admits to owning 'about six pairs' of jeans, and is not above the occasional tweet herself. …

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