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The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
by Will Self
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Dave!, 16 Aug. 2007
I'm reading this book. I'm about three quarters of the way through. And I had to add a glowing review after reading some of the others on here (MIchael Sim - what a silly, pompous, narrow-minded rant!).

This is a clever, warm, witty and rewarding read. Yes, it takes a while to adjust to the phonetic Mockni, but it's worth it and, once acclimatised, the dialogue just flows like the Thames. I've found other dialect-loving writers (Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths) far more impenetrable.

Another reviewer here acclaims Will Self as possibly Britain's greatest satirist. Not sure I'd quite go that far (yet) but this is a marvellous, iconic book.


The Republic of Ted
The Republic of Ted
by Eddie Gibbons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Republic of an unsung Laureate, 3 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Republic of Ted (Paperback)
I learnt of Eddie through his football poetry. Encouraged by a previous review, I purchased Republic of Ted and it now sits alongside Carol Ann Duffy's 'Rapture' as my favourite poetry book of recent times. Eddie has proven, through this book and others, that fame is no guide to the talents of a poet; were this so, he'd be offered a South Bank Show piece, for sure. Republic of Ted is a beautiful, observant and sensitive book that is by turns funny, poignant and very, very sad. It's a glorious work. Buy it, let's make Eddie as famous as he deserves to be.


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