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Robin Ince's Bad Book Club: One Man's Quest to Uncover the Books That Taste Forgot Paperback – 1 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847442692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847442697
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugely popular subject, written by an award-winning comedian.

Based on author's successful stage show.

Author very well-known and well-connected within the comedy industry.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robin Ince is an award winning comedian and writer. He won the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy for his show The Book Club which was also nominated for a British Comedy Award and hailed by The Observer as 'the outstanding literary event of the Edinburgh Festival'.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H J Mac on 9 July 2010
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This book offers a laugh every time you pick it up. What I've enjoyed the most is it has that lovely quality of being able to "dip in" and read a few pages and have a laugh, but not need to read it in any particular order. It is incredibly light and entertaining, but with some very smart insights into the media and popular culture.

The tone ranges from the lighthearted, why do publishers write "The End" when the book has actually run out of pages, to the angry, and very funny, rants about newspaper columnists, which features a brilliant take on Gary Bushell and gay public orgies. (It's OK, don't sue, check it out). I especially like how Robin incorporates little bits of his everyday experience, thus the fact that he comes from a long line of vicars makes the section on religion even more pertinent. Not to mention the essential subject of "What would Jesus Eat."

The graphs and photographs are rather random and have some very helpful captions, including an equation with the caption "I forget what x is". So you may not learn the meaning of life in the pages of this book, but at least you know that Cliff Richard can offer you sexy breaks from the bible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Kinsella on 25 July 2010
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Robin Ince is much vaunted as a comic for intellectuals through his work on Nerdfest and Radio Four broadcasts alongside the likes of Professor Brain Cox - the beauty of this book is that it emerges as a down-to-earth self-deprecating biography of an engaging Everyman who knows his naff and compulsive bad reading habits are wrong, painstakingly smuggling cheap and nasty books past his long-suffering wife's antennae - but simply can't stop himself. The bevy of references to terrible and pointless books across a range of genres fizzes along with terrific one-liners, but it is the emerging portrait of Robin Ince himself which gives this immensely enjoyable book its heart and soul. Diving in and out of charity shops and even dusting discarded books off as he rescues them from skips prior to pulping, Ince wittily catalogues and crafts lovely stories about the woman who wrote a sequence of poems to the deceased Elvis, right wing reactionaries parading their prejudices as 'facts' and a whole array of religious and scientific fruitcakes, always finding non-judgemental merit, even joy, in these unlikely places. As a result, his own anally enriching life and misspent youth-evolving-into-middle-age jumps off the pages. Robin Ince achieves a skilful balance between laugh out loud book reviews and a unique biography through an analysis of his own obsession. Tremendous stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howdy Cowgirl! on 13 Aug. 2010
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I heard about this book on a web forum that I browse and thought it sounded right up my street as I too am a similarly afflicted habitual book hoarder and obsessive reader of any old rubbish. It actually reminded me that as a teenager I was obsessed with reading Silhouette romances (like Mills & Boon but worse) from the library which as an adult I have managed to completely mentally blank-out somehow.

I already liked Ince's sarcastic comedy stylings but it took me a while to get into the rhythm of his prose, perhaps because it's based on his live stand up show, but on the whole it's worth it. There's plenty of snigger-worthy moments from the books themselves, such as an in depth examination of the torrid mind of Don Estelle, but for me the best parts were Ince's asides about the lengths he will go to to acquire awful literature (going through skips, shame-faced at the till in charity shops, haggling at school fetes etc.) and hiding it/lying about it to his spouse.

If you liked Danny Wallace/Dave Gorman's adventures in print, you'll probably like this as well as it's similar in tone and style. An honest and enjoyable foray into the world of shameful literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lord Of All He Surveys on 18 Oct. 2011
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Humanity has produced many great works of literature, Ulysses, Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, Being Jordan, but in this book the author looks at some of the worst books ever published.

Whilst opinion on any bad book can be subjective Robin Ince looks not at the most popular but generally the obscure books that he has found in charity shops on his tours of the UK.

A humourous book as expected but the issue with only being able to read Robin's description of the book or his edited highlights means you dont get the full feeling, but likewise saves you having to read the books.

I felt it would propabably work better as a performance piece for the better indication of how the works sound, as written down it feels like it filters a review of the written word as a spoken word piece converted back to a written word.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Discerning Reader/Viewer on 14 April 2014
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Robin Ince seems to have spent a lot time (but thankfully, very little money) seeking out the most obscure books from various niche, literary genres. This idea is unique enough to hold your interest, but you may find yourself questioning why you're reading his thoughts on them.

While entertaining, it's another case of a book that could do with some aggressive editing, as there's far too much filler here. And it isn't throwaway enough to dip in and out of either, so it all seems harder work than it should be.

It did prompt me to re-read some of the early James Herbert works though, for which I'll be eternally grateful.
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