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  • The great strength of Selina Todd's Snakes and Ladders . . . is the richness of her presentation of it as a lived experience, whether upwards or downwards . . . intensely readable . . . a stimulating and necessary redress

    David Kynaston, Spectator
  • In this fascinating, important book, Professor Selina Todd shows us that 'levelling up' has always been a far more chancy, even unrewarding, business than we like to think

    Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
  • Structured around the personal stories of people who have experienced upward social mobility over the past 140 years or so . . . The social history that Todd deals with here is fascinating . . . The pandemic, as she argues, has reminded us that the jobs we reward are often not those that matter most. So instead of (or as well as) agonising about who gets to join the elite, we need to redefine the elite itself

    David Aaronovich, The Times
  • Snakes and Ladders arrives at a moment of particular relevance . . . this pandemic is an opportunity to look at what is "essential" in work and to reward it appropriately. Society is only as mobile as its structures allow. And it would be no bad thing if affording status to all strata of society became more important than "getting ahead"

    Andrew Anthony, Observer
  • A cogent history of social mobility in Britain . . . The kind of book where you underline almost every line

    Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller Editor's Choice
  • A brilliant, forcefully argued book that should be read by anyone wondering how we reached our current crisis point, and what we can do to level up

    Huston Gilmore, UK Press Syndication
  • Fascinating... [Snakes & Ladders is a] rich and well-observed historical account

    David Willetts, Financial Times
  • Snakes and Ladders is an enjoyable read and captures the essence of the different periods it covers. Selina Todd turns cold statistics into living histories with her very readable style

    Lady Bryan of Partick, House Magazine
  • Todd takes a brisk journey through seven generations from the late 19th century to today's millennials... Refreshingly, Todd is as concerned with the story of women's efforts to ascend the social ladder as men's - an important corrective to the classic cohort studies on social mobility... [Snakes and Ladders] is a trove of stories of human hope and disappointment

    Melissa Benn, New Statesman

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