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50 People Who Buggered Up Britain Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; First Edition edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845298551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845298555
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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Nobody is better equipped to nominate the 50 people who have damaged this country most grievously in the past five decades, and [Quentin Letts] discharges his duty with flair and tracer precision. (Michael Henderson The Spectator)

Very Funny (Chris Guyver Public Affairs)

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50 savage and witty pen portraits of those responsible for destroying Britain by the Daily Mail's star sketch writer, Quentin Letts.

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Those readers familiar with Quentin Letts' newspaper work will know very well what to expect here: the clue is in the title! Mr Letts does not hold back in his ruthless critiques of those (including politicians, sportsmen, celebrities, business tycoons, entertainers and yes, royals) who have, in his opinion, wronged Britain in significant ways. You may or may not agree with Letts but you will find his character assassinations witty, acerbic and thought provoking. An entertaining book with some interesting social commentary woven into each piece.
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HOW COULD OUR QUENTIN PUT A FOOT WRONG???
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Very goog thanks
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A very good read and echoes most people.s views of the so called politician and personalities
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Very good pick up and put down book. Have recommended to many friends.
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Again, the Master of Vocabulary, Syntax and the Withering Phrase names those who 'spoilt' Britain over recent years.
Meet in much greater detail than in "Bog Standard Britain" the wretched Jonathan Ross, that Diva of Equality and Tuscan-Property Tycoon : Polly Toynbee, Greg Dyke, Anthony "Call Me Tony" Blair, Sara Cox, and Janet Street-Porter to name just a few.
Wickedly witty and painfully accurate : QL has the background knowledge and evidence to support his barbs.
A 'must read'!
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This was a present for my husband, he enjoyed reading it - I will get around to it!
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It doesn't matter if they're good or bad, right or left, famous or infamous, clever or stupid - Quentin Letts has a bad word to say about them all. The only thing his targets have in common is that they've distinguished themselves from the common herd in some way. It would be fair to say that Quentin Letts is in favour of tradition, status quo, conservative values and religion (providing it's British religion based on Cranmer's prayer book. He hates things being dumbed down. If it were up to him we'd still be using pounds, shillings and pence and singing John Bunyan's original words to 'Pilgrim'. A modern equivalent of Enoch Powell would be Prime Minister. Immigration would be halted. The Royal Family would be beyond reproach. And there might even be a bit of hanging and flogging for criminals. But one doesn't need to take any of that seriously. This book is about a journalist being amusingly rude about famous people. His targets include Diana, Jeffrey Archer, Margaret Thatcher and just about every Prime Minister since 1966 except, interestingly, John Major who must have flown under his radar. Nothing is sacred, except the Anglican Church - so long as it uses language no one understands and does not include any jingly-jangly hymns (or songs) by Graham Kendrick. Jimmy Savile is included and vilified but before he was known to be a sexual predator. I suspect Quentin would no longer include him as he's 'too obvious'. This is a well written book, very funny in places, and as iconclastic as you could wish for. You probably won't agree with 90% of what Quentin Letts writes, but you'll be bound to admire the way he writes it.
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