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Very funny; very clever
on 7 October 2010
I laughed out loud on every page, from Barack Obama ('Michelle asks, do I want the milk? And to that I say this. Our milk will come. Our milk will flow, and it will flow true. Our milk will flow smooth, and it will flow well-chilled. But our milk will not flow if it is not poured. But let me promise you this, Michelle ...') to Tony Benn ('I have two tape recorders, one newer and more capable, the other older and more experienced. For security reasons I never leave them in a room together ...') to HRH the Prince of Wales ('They tell me that in some shops they have started selling loaves of bread that are what they call "ready-and-sliced". I fervently hope this is one trend that doesn't "catch on". And is there really any need for this new-fangled idea of soup in tins? Broth tastes much better bubbling away in a great big open pot, stirred by a chef who really knows his stuff ...')
Each parody is a jewel. Craig Brown detects absurdity, pomposity, verbosity like a moth detects pheromones. He's a genius. He not only mimics beautifully but also actually gets to the centre of the people he parodies. From Jeremy Clarkson to Gore Vidal to Madonna to Isaiah Berlin and hundreds of others he is perfect every time.
It's a big, fat book - 404 pages - so is good value. Nicely produced, with a clever cover. Would make an excellent present.