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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (19 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091896061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091896065
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nobody does prose parody and media satire better" (The Independent)

"Consistently funny and always beautifully written" (The Observer)

"Every page is gold...genius" (Boris Johnson, Mail on Sunday)

"A brilliant, subversive collection" (London Evening Standard)

"If there were a Paradist Laureate, (Brown) would step up unchallenged to the title" (The Observer)

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The critically acclaimed 'best of' humorist Craig Brown - 20 years of satirical pieces and essays on British life

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Feb. 2004
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Craig Brown writes humorous articles for many papers and magazines in Britain, and this collections presents the best of his work over the last few years. Nobody in the public eye avoids becoming a victim of his satirical wit, and it is only when reading this collection you realise quite how broad is Brown's range of targets. For me, the highlights are Brown's debunking of the art establishment, which continually bombards us with exhibitions of pickled cows and unmade beds. Brown is a master of identifying the "Emperor has no clothes" syndrome and his writing brings clarity to so many half formed thoughts of one's own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Copping on 15 Jan. 2011
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As other reviews have made clear, at its best, this book is comic writing at the very highest level. For me some of it doesn't quite hit the target but when it does, and it does frequently, it is a joy and some of the descriptions and paraody will stay with me for a long time. However, I would highly recommend this more as a book as one to dip into rather than read right through at one go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis the First on 19 July 2009
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Intelligent old fashioned comic writing is a rarity these days. If you just know Brown from the Private Eye spoofs, you've been missing half the fun. Fans of the Rory Bremner / Brown radio show will love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spirito on 19 Sept. 2012
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Some good stuff but a bit sparse . I enjoyed re reading and re visiting the 90s with the benefit of hindsight but some of the pieces were laboured and not that humorous. My disappointment was probably because I expected better as I enjoy his satire and ability to prick pomposity.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Holmes on 13 Jun. 2003
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I can't believe it takes a mawkish scribbler on an island off Seattle to be the *first* to pay homage to this unbeatable collection of wit, satire, and hilarious razor jobs by this finest of writer-parodistas.
Lord knows how they faced the decision over what to leave out of Brown's incomparable writings: just choosing the best of Bel Littlejohn or Wallace Arnold must have been agony.
To paraphrase Brown's own description of the much-missed Bron Waugh: Brown has the prose/parodist's equivalent of perfect pitch.
Speaking of the fragrant Ms Littlejohn, no greater tribute can I pay than to say that my American girlfriends read her absolutely straightfaced and agog and turn exceedingly boot-faced at my
boorish sexist suggestions of any trace of a spoof.
Brown is the consummate mocker by holding a mirror up to his 'victims' I wonder just how many of them actually realise they've been so roundly decapitated: Mohamed Fayed, that whole
Amis-Pinter-Parkinson coterie, the Emin grotesquerie and, of course, Nick Serota who is scalpeled bang to rights.
It's such a relief to read a major talent like this and know that the mantle of folks like Waugh, Bonfiglioli and Miles Kington is safely draped across sturdy and younger shoulders.
Nor is this volume just a bundle of laughs: Brown has the verbal firepower and courage to wax serious more often than the publishers will have you believe. The book is worth the price alone for a noble piece on grief, as well as stirring tributes to Auberon Waugh, Alan Bennett, Mark Boxer, Peter Cook and other well chosen heros of that stature.
Read it, too, for the pieces that fall in between, those not intended to have one chuckling but which tap a grimmer, personal nerve.
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