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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780338589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780338583
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A swift kick up the backside to some of modern literature's most iconic works. Accurate, merciless and very, very funny. (Sarah Waters)

I've read all these books at least twice - and now I've read John Crace's digested versions I wonder why I bothered. (Will Self)

For the last 10 years [Crace's] 'Digested Reads' have been reason enough to buy the Guardian. Taking a well-known novel, he gives a brief distillation of the plot while capturing - often perfectly - the tone of its author. At the same time, he jabs a sharpened elbow into their pomposities and limitations. (Spectator)

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Digested reads of the 21st Century... so far.

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This is a wonderful book! However, I can't help thinking it should carry a clear health-warning!! Cos, believe me, too much laughing causes sore ribs!! If you're prepared for that, this is a great read, especially if - like me - you wait avidly for John Crace's weekly "digested" treatment of a new book in The Guardian. He is no respecter of authors, however celebrated; indeed he is frequently at his best when lampooning the literary "giants". One thing is certain: has an unerring instinct for getting under every writer's skin, and I can't help wondering how many authors quake at the prospect of their opera magna being subjected to the Crace treatment. This is the perfect book for dipping in to before turning the light out at night. Then, when you've enjoyed it several times over and your ribs can take no more, leave it on a shelf in the downstairs loo to waylay and entertain unsuspecting visitors!!
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