Toby Daniel Moorsom Young (born 1963) is a British journalist and the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his failed five-year attempt to make it in the U.S. as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine; and The Sound of No Hands Clapping, a follow-up about his failure to make it as a Hollywood screenwriter. His obnoxious wit has earned him almost as many enemies as admirers and the title of "England's heterosexual Truman Capote". As the son of a baron, he is entitled to use the title the Honourable, but declines to style himself as such.
In 1991, Young founded and edited the Modern Review with Julie Burchill and her then husband Cosmo Landesman. Its motto was "low culture for highbrows". In 1995, with the magazine close to financial ruin, Young closed it down, angering his principal financial backer Peter York. This decision led to a fierce public battle with Burchill and her then lover, Charlotte Raven, a writer at the magazine.
After his final Vanity Fair contract expired and was not renewed in 1998, Young remained in New York for a further two years, working as a columnist at New York Press. He returned to England in 2000 and is currently an associate editor of The Spectator and a columnist on the Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. He has performed in the West End in a stage adaptation of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and, in 2005, co-wrote (with fellow Spectator journalist Lloyd Evans) a sex farce about the David Blunkett/Kimberley Quinn scandal and the "Sextator" affairs of Boris Johnson and Rod Liddle called Who's the Daddy?. It was named Best New Comedy at the 2006 Theatregoers' Choice Awards.
Toby competed in the Channel 4 TV series Come Dine With Me. He also appeared as one of the panel of food critics comprising the titular "enemy" in the 2008 BBC Two series Eating with the Enemy.
British producer Stephen Woolley and his wife, Elizabeth Karlsen, produced the film adaptation How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, in conjunction with FilmFour. Simon Pegg plays Young. The film was released in Britain and America on October 3, 2008.