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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific satire of the newspaper business - unmissable
There are many things I loved about this book. First, it's extremely funny, with a wonderful deadpan style. Second, it rips into the world of newspapers with fantastic relish, aiming well-directed barbs at various other aspects of contemporary life along the way. But above all it does this with an underlying warmth and humanity that keeps you above the tawdriness...
Published on 11 Jan. 1999

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling parody of journalism in the future
You should never believe the reviews on the jacket - The superlatives were out in force for this one, but it just did not come any where near the hype. The book is gently amusing, and the storyline is more than a little ironic, but I had guessed the outcome by the middle of the book!
The story of a rabidly marxist young journalist who is out to change the...
Published on 21 Jun. 1999


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific satire of the newspaper business - unmissable, 11 Jan. 1999
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There are many things I loved about this book. First, it's extremely funny, with a wonderful deadpan style. Second, it rips into the world of newspapers with fantastic relish, aiming well-directed barbs at various other aspects of contemporary life along the way. But above all it does this with an underlying warmth and humanity that keeps you above the tawdriness of the subject matter. The portrait of the eponymous Bilton is scrabrously funny, and somehow manages to be tender as well as brutal. The ending of the novel is among the most touching I have encountered in modern fiction. Hats off to Mr Martin - please write more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comic masterpiece, 1 April 2001
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Mr. Adrian R. Fry "adrianfry" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This brilliant, laugh aloud comic novel is an absolute treasure. It calls to mind the Evelyn Waugh of Vile Bodies but has a lugubrious dark hilarity all its own. The satire on modern journalism is spot on and there is an undercurrent of compassion for the central characters that lifts the book out of the catagory of pure satire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 20 Mar. 2014
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Tails away in the second half of the book when vast tracts of time start to be covered in small numbers of pages. The Ending is brilliant though, and I found myself laughing on many occasions
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all..., 17 Oct. 2002
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simon gurney (london United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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somewhat remniscent of martin amis, Bilton, propels itself along at a satisfying pace, veering between absurd comedic touches and humorous sideswipes at journalists (particulairly), media, politicians and celebrity.
the book is written in first person, and the narrator is a struggling jouranlist, whos strange colleague finds himself the cntre of the media spotlight after a bizaree fracas with the prime minister
what is covered particularly well are the inane columns the author is forced into writing, (hard to look at a sunday supplement the same again), and biltons ascent to celebrity and the inevitable consequences.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling parody of journalism in the future, 21 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Bilton (Paperback)
You should never believe the reviews on the jacket - The superlatives were out in force for this one, but it just did not come any where near the hype. The book is gently amusing, and the storyline is more than a little ironic, but I had guessed the outcome by the middle of the book!
The story of a rabidly marxist young journalist who is out to change the system, and by accident actually gets a chance to at least influence it, has great potential, but I felt there was a lot of wasted opportunity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Up, down, out., 3 Oct. 1999
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A refreshing book up until the 'incident'. After that the story turns into a more or less boring tale of the rise and fall of a celebrity. The author does have a talent for incedibly vivid and hilarious descriptions though, which, regardless of the actual story, makes it quite readable.
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