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Richard Littlejohn
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Book Description

18 Oct 2007

Richard Littlejohn's cast of characters ­ including Two Jags, the Wicked Witch, Captain Hook and the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban ­ are now part of the fabric of the nation. He ridicules the country Britain has become over the past ten years - the barmy bureaucracy, the surveillance state, the petty interference in our lives, the suffocating regulations, policemen and judges who think they're part of the social services and the insanities of the 'elf 'n' safety industry, which has created such idiocies as forcing revellers celebrating Guy Fawkes Night to watch a bonfire on a big screen.

'Littlejohn has been ... a vivid exponent of a great British columnar style that stretches back five centuries or more. He's a distant, bastard cousin of Thomas Nash, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Pope. Cassandra and Bernard Levin might justly buy him a pint in the Cheshire Cheese. Like or loathe him, he's the real, talented deal.' Observer


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009950944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099509448
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Savage, hilarious - a fantastic read. Littlejohn slaughters more sacred cows than a foot and mouth epidemic. He makes you laugh out loud and drives you incandescent with rage at what the Blair years have done to Britain." (Jeremy Clarkson)

"Britain...is on the downward slide...Our only remaining option is to roll our eyes and laugh darkly. Buty this wise, funny, angry book and that's exactly what you'll do" (Mail on Sunday)

"It's endless, effervescent and irreverent." (Observer)

"An articulate and searing criticism of the past ten years ... Littlejohn is the best columnist this country has seen since Bernard Levin." (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

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As with Jeremy Clarkson's bestseller, this is a themed collection of pieces that fires broadside at Blair's Britain and the absurdity of petty bureaucracy.

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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real tragic lives 3 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
A touching, harrowing contribution to the misery memoir genre - the story of one man's struggle with sexual inadequacy, his fears of repressed homosexuality, and the humiliation his dreadful flatulence daily heaps on him. Anyone who has a heart should buy this book out of social concern.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 7 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
In the words of Soren Kierkegaard, "The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing -- and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality." I cannot help that this terrible fight must come to exist between those foremost modern thinkers, Richard Littlejohn and Jeremy "I like cars" Clarkson. And when it does, the difference of quality will surely favour Clarkson because he did that DVD of crashing things into caravans.
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181 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling, 15 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
Top flight! Once more John LittleRichard hits the nail on the head, we're losing what made this country great - hack journalism.

In a deftly coded satire on modern journalism Littlejohn reminds us of The Daily Mail's support of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists.

With his continual reference to 'recycling nazis' and 'the country our grandparents fought for' he brilliantly alludes to the papers owner Lord Rothermere, a friend and supporter of both Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, which influenced the Mail's political stance toward them up to 1939.

If you like LittleJohns opinions I urge you to get somebody to read it out aloud for you, priceless!
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145 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastating 8 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
Devastating. Through a series of extravagantly counterintuitive detournements, deliberate solecisms and a fresh and shocking schizoid logic, Littlejohn delicately intimates his troubled relationship with his own sexuality and his anomie in the face of a late capitalist society that has yet to afford him either respect or love. A startling account of spiritual desolation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, twisting and exhilarating masterpiece 12 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
'Littlejohn's Britain' is the third instalment of the eclectic 'Littlejohn Mysteries', and arguably the best yet. As the novel commences we are reintroduced to maverick sleuth Richard Littlejohn; a straight-talking, no-nonsense freelance detective who stops at nothing to get answers. But Littlejohn has changed: no longer the bright-eyed optimist he once was, the events of the previous book, Murder at Mbongo Hall, have left him embittered and disillusioned with the job he once loved. However, it's not long before an anonymous tip-off from a civil servant draws Littlejohn deep into the heart of a political conspiracy which goes all the way to Downing Street.

Tightly written and highly exhilarating, 'Littlejohn's Britain' rockets along at the pace of a runaway train and never lets up. From the initial discovery of the dead prostitute ("She had it coming," a gruff Littlejohn observes with peerless humour) through to the unspeakable evil of the government's nefarious 'recycling' scheme, every turn of the page brings a shocking new twist which will never fails to excite. In particular, the climatic showdown atop the London Eye is worthy of literature's finest.

'Littlejohn's Britain' is rife with the trademark humour which has already made the series a modern classic ("bloody speed cameras!" should be the nation's new catchphrase), but it also explores a darker and more sinister side of Littlejohn's past. Tales of drinking, debauching and even a fleeting homosexual encounter are all gradually peeled away as the story progresses to reveal a complex and ultimately tragic character. With the addition of some truly horrific villains -- the scheming 'Two Jags' Prescott, PC-gone-mad Trevor Phillips, and psychotic gay Johann Hari -- the recipe is complete, and the result is some of the greatest work ever committed to print. 'Littlejohn's Britain' is simply a masterpiece; essential reading for anyone who can handle the action.
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162 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 11 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
There are those who credit Plato with defining that obscure and fluctuating artefact which has been termed the 'western mind'. Perhaps we might admit the philosophies of Jesus of Galillee and Freidrich Nietzche into that elite club of thinkers who have contributed to its further elucidation - but never before has a work emerged of which we can triumphantly declaim: Plato is obscured, we have our new republic!

With a lacerating intelligence Littlejohn dissects his subject, exposing for all time the inadequacies of those who would make us weak. Let us move forward. Let us see this not as the end to the process of social thought (though that is, perhaps, what it is) but the beginning instead of a new era, a new politics, a new humanity. There is no more right and left, there is only Right, that blighted syllable now reclaimed for all time by Littlejohn - a man for whom the lost titles of Fuhrer and Duce can finally be taken back from the grubby paws of history.

Wonderful.
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I can't thank Littlejohn enough for this incredible book - it completely changed my life. I mean, I always thought that speed-cameras were just a helpful way of reducing road deaths by careless drivers, but now I see that they just mindlessly stop people from driving as fast as they want - how blind I was before! And recycling - what a complete waste of time, it's political correctness gone mad!

I'm sending a copy to my MP - hopefully we can reverse some of the equal rights laws for gays that the dark, evil Blair years have ushered in.

Love you Littlejohn! I want to kiss you on the face.
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Highly entertaining writer who keeps things simple. Don't always agree with him, which makes his writing more interesting.will continue to read more of him
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I like Littlejohns sense of humour in his writing this book sums up all that labour did wrong to this country an eye opener
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Get this book if you also believe that benefit 'scroungers' are everywhere, that this country is overloaded with 'illegal immigrants', that homosexuality is 'not normal', etc. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by veganpanda
5.0 out of 5 stars He should be PM
I used to believe Richard Littlejohn was a far-right bigot. Maybe that was because I'd been told so by the so-called left-wing, who these days seem about as left-wing as Lord Haw... Read more
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