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When Jack Sued Jill - Nursery Rhymes for Modern Times [Paperback]

Felix Dennis
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16 Nov 2006

When Jack Sued Jill is the latest collection of original verse by maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis. Taking the innocence of nursery rhymes and turning them into something altogether darker, Dennis turns his piercing eye on the follies and absurdities of modern life.

From ASBOs to Osama Bin Laden, creationism to crack houses, Humpty Dumpty to Tony Blair, nothing and no one is spared. Even more shockingly, once you've read Dennis's updating of 'Little Miss Muffet', you'll never be able to think of her in the same way again.

Scathing and hilarious, imaginative and unpredictable, When Jack Sued Jill is an essential collection of twisted nursery rhymes for the twenty-first century.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (16 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912567
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Felix Dennis was imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine. After his acquittal on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-eighties. Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Computer Shopper and Maxim. The annual Sunday Times Rich List estimates that Felix Dennis is the 65th richest individual in the UK. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published by Hutchinson and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004. His third collection, When Jack Sued Jill, was published by Ebury Press in November 2006. His other interests include planting trees and he divides his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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"The unpredictable Felix Dennis bursts forth as a 21st-century Kipling" (Tom Wolfe)

"If Waugh were still alive, he would fall on Dennis's verse with a glad cry of recognition and approval" (John Walsh Independent)

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An acerbically funny collection of original verse by maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adults only. No kids allowed! 24 Mar 2009
I love the way the poems are set against the rhythm of children's nursery rhymes. It's very clever.

Felix Dennis touches on the modern situations such as Hoodies and politics all in the same book. It is very interesting and the free audio CD makes listening to the poems even better.

I must say, Little Miss Muffet is portrayed as an awfully naughty girl in this book!!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars When Jack Sued Jill 10 Nov 2011
A good fun book. Very clever rhymes enhanced by brilliant illustrations. Not for children, we don't want to confuse them or be too cynical with their own nursery rhymes. Adults will have a good laugh accompanied by some quite moving verses. Read and laugh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 26 April 2008
do not be but off with the title this is a book for the 21 century
these are not for young kids .but for adults very funny you will laugh
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 4 Jun 2014
This man has a facility with language which I both admire and envy. He is funny mischievous sly subversive. I much admire him both as a poet and a man. I dont read poetry as a rule but there are two exceptions Dylan Thomas and Felix. Dylan was a genius Felix isn't but he is pretty bloody good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Bum Notes but a Lot of Laughs, too. 28 April 2014
A mixed bag here, some wickedly funny, some (Little Miss Muffet) unfunnily suggestive and crude, some boring (Old Osama had a Farm). My yardstick is that these rhymes should be suitable for at least older children with an understandable liking for ribald humour, and this book is probably borderline. Adults may find too many of yesterday's men the subject of derision (Jacques Chirac?) so enjoyable in parts, only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry! Wonderful Stuff 19 Nov 2013
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This book is a work of genius. So simple in concept and yet executed to a high standard of excellence. Wonderfully entertaining, a very enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book 30 Jun 2013
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A great book, very witty, in good condition, would have given 5 stars, except for that it was not stated that the book, was singed by Felix Dennis which was great but also adressed to the people who originally bought the book. I had bought it as a small gift, but, now will keep the book myself, which is not all bad as I find it very amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Felix does it again - thank you so much....... 21 Jun 2013
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Felix Dennis is a genius - he has writen such entertaining material over many years and now he comes up with something else,

different but still 'him'!! thank you Felix for passing on to us your poems, stories and experiences - what fun.......
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