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5.0 out of 5 stars A scathingly sarcastic and extremely funny look at the world of professional writing, 27 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Success ...and How to Avoid it (Paperback)
I bought this on impulse via an Interzone magazine subscription, and I am thoroughly glad I did. Mat Coward has written what is probably the most honest account of professional writing ever (I'm not a writer, so I wouldn't know for definite). He brutally removes any romantic notions budding writers may have about the beauty of what they will write, and the impact it will have on the world. It will also make you question the authority of journalists everywhere - the process he describes seems so haphazard that I wonder why I take any news seriously at all. In fact, he paints a picture so bleak it would be depressing were he not so funny.

The humour is scathing but passionate and witty and there were several lines that had me laughing like an idiot. Mat is also a raging socialist, so if your political leanings lie elsewhere and/or you are a bit thin-skinned, be warned!

Fully recommended. I read the entire thing in one sitting and when I emerged at the end I realised it was 5am and birds were singing outside.
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