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Bilton Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571192750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571192755
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 17 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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Format: 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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