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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408701979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408701973
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Britain's most celebrated comedy writers and producers, Armando Iannucci is a creator of The Day Today, Alan Partridge, The Saturday Night Armistice and The Thick of It. He has produced many TV and radio programmes, including On the Hour and The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

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** 'A genuinely hilarious non-stop crack-up-fest that only the comatose and the dead won't enjoy (DAZED & CONFUSED)

** 'It's a tempestuous collection of philosophical musings and rants... Less of a toilet book than a lavatorial bible (WORD)

** 'Since Beachcomber and Myles na Gopaleen, we have needed another newspaper columnist whose manic humour can do injustice to the new, unimproved modern world (THE TIMES)

** 'Many a mirthful, misanthropic moment (LONDON LITE)

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* A collection of wildly inventive stories, strange musings and insane rants from Armando Iannucci, one of Britain's foremost satirical comedy writers

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. Danson on 4 Sept. 2009
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I love Armando Iannucci. There's not a single thing this man has been involved in that I've not enjoyed on some level. He's a genius, yet he doesn't seem aware of it, which makes him quite an endearing character.

His 1st book, "Facts and Fancies", is one of my "go to" books when I've exhausted all unread books, and want something I know will deliver. To say I was excited about this book would be an understatement.

And it IS a good book. Whereas F&F was a chapter-chapter-chapter affair, this is very much a brain dump - some "bits" are 3 or 4 lines, some several pages long. Some of it is genius, some just misses the mark (for me). F&F latched onto absurd premises, took it and ran it until the original idea seemed plausible (such as the mathematical formula for nursery rhymes), whereas this book doesn't let each idea flourish in the same way. Which is a shame, but then perhaps they wouldn't work the same way had Iannucci expanded the concepts and taken a flight of fancy with them. Also, in fairness to Iannucci - he's already written that book, and this is a different book, meaning that just doing the same thing again probably wasn't the spark of what he wanted to achieve.

But it IS a good book. The above paragraph sounds so negative, but it really is a good book. If you appreciate Iannucci's more surreal works (his show for example), you'll definitely enjoy this, and annoy the heck out of whoever is sat nearby with chuckles of delight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sir Bob on 27 Sept. 2009
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If you like the Armando Iannucci shows or his appearences on the 99p challenge then think more of that kind of thing for the contens of this book.
Much of it is a collection of work previously published in the Telegraph or Observer and it consists of some small, some slightly longer flights of fancy. If you read it in Armandos voice and delivery style then it'll work, you need to put that effort in to get the right feeling in your head but it's worth it. So, very much for Iannucci fans but suffers from not having the delivery of the man himself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Addy on 9 Dec. 2009
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Whether you are already a fan of Armando's stunning TV portfolio - The Day Today, Brass Eye, Time Trumpet, The Thick of It - or coming to him anew, you should get a real kick out of this collection of his columns from the Daily Telegraph and Observer. I had missed them completely, so this supercolumnpendium was a great read (my pathetic attempt at an Iannucci-ism).

With consummate skill, joy and despair, he brilliantly satirises the everyday absurdities of modern life. From 'and' being declared the most important syllable of the 20th century to the popularity of reality TV shows, the manipulation of fact and increasingly language by the modern politician, and the war in Irag, Armando Iannucci rages at the modern world, frequently straddling the ever greying border between fact and fiction, leaving you bemused, confused and bent double with laughter. His pleasure in the creation of new and unusual insults is a joy to share.

Make sure you update your vocabulary with his dictionary of modern usage, for example, 'nanopology': a newspaper retraction less than one-sixteenth the size of the original story.

Excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2010
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A densely packed book-sized dose of unmistakably Armando Iannucci ideas. The ideas come so tightly packed that you might have to read this in short doses to appreciate the quality.

Like his TV work, it is a clever blend of politics, current affairs and commentary underpinned by constant insanity, ridiculousness and surreal flights of fancy. If you like *any* of his work either as a writer or performer, particularly "The Day Today" or "Time Trumpet", then this will be right up your street. In fact a lot of it is like an updated version of "The Day Today", made with words instead of pictures and noises.

Fans of Malcolm Tucker's complex swearing marathons in "The Thick Of It" and "In The Loop" will find plenty of extremely intricate and very rude insults in some sections, but it also calms down a lot and is far more than just a tirade of unexpectedly well-written abuse. The occasional page or two of insane insults, however, is always welcome.

At times the politics takes the front seat, and Iannucci even has the audacity to write one or two paragraphs which make a serious point and don't even attempt to be a little bit funny. They're few and far between though- most of the time this is a constant laugh-out-loud book.

Iannucci crams such brilliant and innovative ideas into two- or three-page articles, the kind of ideas that other writers would turn into a full-blown novel. This is 311 pages of non-stop genius.
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By Lutz Svensson on 26 Dec. 2014
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Sad to say, but I can't even imagine that these worked particularly well as columns. Even in bite-size form, things become desperately formulaic very, very quickly (the formulae in question being: A) Make a list, a 'bonkers' one of 'mad' things about something 'bonkers' that public figures do, and flog it to death, and B) Hack through a tortured series of conceptual non sequiturs in an attempt to throw some revelatory 'satirical' light on your target... and then make 'mad' list about it).

There are, in addition, about 5 or 6 little essays about, you know, *things*... that seem considered, witty, insightful, relevant, interesting, personal... but they're engulfed, unfortunately, by the deluge of laboured shtick that characterises 90% of this book. Avoid.
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