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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; New edition edition (10 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843541890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843541899
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'It made me laugh, it made me cringe. It is, I'm sorry to say, highly original' Alistair McGowan; 'Jay Rayner shows food critics are human after all, even when stuffed with chocolate. An highly entertaining whimsy with no apology needed.' Gordon Ramsay 'A very funny book about apologies - by someone who has a lot to apologize for' Anthony Bourdain"

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Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who is now the Observer's restaurant critic. He is married and lives in London. This is his third novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on 9 Oct 2014
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Great story and well written. JR draws a good story and the foodie elements were appropriate to the story.
Quite plausible and amusing scenarios but... Fell flat at the end. The last scenario felt rushed and the outcome was somewhat unsatisfactory.
Sorry jay Rayner, I love your wit and panache but on this occasion it didn't quite work for me.
A bit like the pomegranates on one of the dishes in masterchef!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Whitmore on 21 Oct 2014
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Jay, no need to apologise, I didn't pay for it and as soon as I realised it was going to be a watered down version of Portnoy's complaint, I stopped reading it too. Which is a shame, because the first bit was very funny indeed.

I've given this book three stars because it is well written, but not my cup of tea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Sharp on 17 Oct 2014
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Now this is a surprisingly engaging novel. At first I took it quite seriously, but very soon I realised that it is little more than a satire on our obsession with social media and our obsession with the
lives around us. It is a great read that reminds us what we share online will always come back to haunt us
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Bond on 16 Oct 2014
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Dreadful - it lost me at the invention of the UN whateveritwas role....overthought, self-conscious twaddle. And I'm a fan of his restaurant reviews and tweets. Not worth the money I didn't pay for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain Mackie on 29 Oct 2014
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Rayner has found a clever, original theme and plot - a bit like a new restauranteur coming up with a novel "fusion" concept - but his writing style doesn't make best use of those golden ingredients. Whilst I did enjoy the novel, I was left convinced that a more talented writer would have added a lot to the "meal". Shallow characterisation, speedy plot jumps and little left to the imagination. The afterword was probably the best written part - an old foodie trick trying to rescue the meal with the dessert ;)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GarethP on 12 Jun 2004
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I had always thought Rayner a good restaurant critic. He's an even better novelist. the Apologist works because it feeds the stomach and the head. The food writing is superb, as you would expect, but there's so much more here: great characters, engaging plot plus the x factor. It's a big entertaining novel which also manages to contain real ideas and in Marc Basset he has come up with a real figure for our times. I read it in one sitting and when I finished the last page I had that feeling of dismay and loss you get when you finish a great book. more please.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Judy Blake on 14 Jun 2005
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I felt that after reading the glowing review I had to bring a more realistic focus to this 'summer read'. I have just returned from a sunshine holiday and found this novel perfectly acceptable for this purpose - but not alot more! There are indeed familiar entertaining food references to savour. The action and ending are predictable and so unlikely as to be uninspiring. My partner is now reading this as he is a fan of farce and to this end, this novel is effective. Don't give up the day job, Jay!
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By E. Bowler on 14 Nov 2014
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A mediocre read which I wouldn't willingly pay full price. For 99p I persevered to the bitter end.

On the plus side the character Marc Basset was very believable albeit quite emotionally flabby, self centered and at times cringeworthy. For the fact that I had an emotional reaction, negative but emotional, I'd say that part was well written. However the story lost credibility at the UN stage. I like to be absorbed into a story but at times of unbelievable I found myself being popped back out into the world of reality and reminded that it was JUST a story.

As for Jay Rayners self congratulatory bit at the end, well what can I say................
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