- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007127677
- ISBN-13: 978-0007127672
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fans of Matt Beaumont's hilarious first novel will pick up its successor The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt with some trepidation (can he pull it off again?), but rarely has a follow-up been so sharp and enjoyable. And not only has Beaumont triumphantly bucked the "disappointing second novel" trend: this sardonic and grimly funny book many not be as innovative as its predecessor, but it's every bit as cutting-edge, with just as diverting a cast of larger-than-life characters.
The central premise here is the following of one week in the filming of a tyre commercial. Greg Fuller has negotiated the dangerous waters of the ad business for some time, and he's convinced that the script he has come up with to sell his client's round chunks of black rubber will blow everyone away (not least as he has been setting up some prestigious Hollywood stars to appear in the ad). But (of course) things quickly go pear-shaped. The director is a volatile primadonna, the client is as much of an idiot as everyone who has hired Greg in the past, and the two stars, a much-loved TV couple, cordially detest each other. The recipe for disaster is in place, and, boy, does Matt Beaumont deliver. Ten years ago, readers turned to Tom Sharpe for the kind of bitter, sexually graphic humour that informs every paragraph here. But Beaumont is Tom Sharpe for the modern age: his cold-eyed, all-stops-out vision of the media world and its denizens is an absolute scream. And how many books can boast a talking foetus? --Barry Forshaw
‘Beaumont…is a technical whiz at his craft…He succeeds. Humour, feelgood factor, mild suspense…it is one airport novel that is definitely designed to take off’ Guardian
‘An author who really stands out with a multi-voiced, short, sharp read…hilarious. He is very clever’ Bookseller
‘This is Jeffrey Archer with irony…you’ll be highly amused.’ Daily Mail
‘Toe-curlingly good…makes you laugh out loud’ Campaign
Praise for e
‘A brilliantly plotted comic novel about life in an advertising agency, narrated entirely through office emails. It gives me more sense that literature is alive and kicking than anything else I’ve read in these millennial 12 months.’ Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times Review of the Year
‘Lively, viciously funny and about as switched on as a novel can be’ Mirror
‘A genuinely enjoyable page-turner’ The Times
‘e is the most enjoyable, addictive read I’ve had since Bridget Jones’ Lisa Jewell
‘Here’s a book that recognises our true priorities: blame-shifting, arse-covering, personal enhancement, shagging – and, oh yes, the odd advert. Matt compresses into a few weeks a dazzling cascade of events, most of which have either happened at one agency or another or are otherwise completely believable. A finer observer of agency politics you’ll never meet.’ Andrew Cracknell, Campaign
'Depicts the Machiavellian scheming and summary sackings of the ad world in withering detail and with no shortage of dead-eye wit' The Times
'Groundbreaking…an internet-enabled Clarissa for the 21st century' Evening Standard
'Hysterical, sensationally funny' Arena
'Read it, wipe away your tears, then read it again' Company
'Fab debut…lock eyes with Matt Beaumont. Your career may depend on it' KirkusSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is, well, not all that relevant, but it's a good framework for Matt's characters to run around in, get into trouble, and generally get up each others' noses (when they're not stabbing each other in the back!).
He's lost none of that vicious wit that made his two previous books so funny - as before, I laughed so hard it got a little embarassing! The characters vary from very human and a little imperfect to cartoonishly drawn sinners with little to redeem them - an explosive mix. (in joke: just one character turns up briefly who was in the original 'e' but I think it's just a nod to those who've read it). Otherwise the characters are a completely new bunch.
BUY THIS BOOK - if you liked his previous stuff, but if you haven't read it - BUY IT ANYWAY!! you don't need to have read the previous novels as this story is completely new. I can't recommend it highly enough - it will cheer up the most depressing day!
As such, the theme of the book is topical and amusing - a bit like 300-odd pages of a trashy Sunday paper all written from the perspective of each of the participants. Misunderstandings abound; cultural and professional differences get blown out of proportion; bitchy behaviour everywhere; and all in the context of a shoot for just one commercial for tyres. Who would have thought?
An amusing read, excellent for a rainy day when you feel like being entertained rather than enlightened.
It could be seen as a satirical swipe at the middle management, prima donna stars and control freak/ brown nosing producers but only if it had been written 10 years earlier and even then it wouldn't have stuck out.
This book is totally forgettable and I recommend you don't waste your time reading it. Avoid!
As much as anything, I’d been impressed by the way “E” and its companion were completely written in E-Mails, with date headers and everything. That originality, combined with the fact that it was also a pretty funny book, made Matt Beaumont one to watch. As much to see how he could possibly follow up something so unique.
As with his debut novel “e”, the story is set around life at an advertising agency. This time, though, rather than the setting being in the office, they’re at a film studio in Hounslow, in the middle of shooting an advertisement. In an effort to make it as good as they can and increase the agency’s profile, they’ve hired two of the biggest stars of American TV to play a couple. Unfortunately, in between signing to film the advert and coming to film it, they’ve had a rather nasty break up and things between them really aren’t going terribly well.
Things aren’t going so well for the agency boss, Greg Fuller, either. His wife is six months pregnant, his mistress is demanding more commitment from him and he’s having trouble in the office – trying to reverse a rash decision to sack a couple of staff so the agency doesn’t lose their biggest client just as a takeover bid is being prepared that would make Greg a very rich man.
Of course, the filming of the advert isn’t going to go smoothly, either. It’s not even started before it hits trouble, with one of the stars being arrested at Heathrow Airport. The other is making ridiculously overblown demands, costing a lot of money and even more in effort to resolve.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really poor and frankly a boring waste of time. Full of weakly invented stereotypes and a plot that is as daft as the title suggests. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2010 by comm88
Loving Matt Beaumont's books...great reading about all these freaks - it makes your workplace seem almost normal....Published on 14 July 2010 by Bunny Abroad
After reading E: A novel, I wasn't sure what to expect from this offering from Beaumont. My initial thoughts after the first few pages was that I wasn't going to like it, however... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2007 by Goldfishrock
This was a book that was on my shelf for quite along time before holiday time came around and im very glad i came across it now. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2004
I loved e - and wasn't sure whether this book could live up to it. The book is written as the first person from each of the main characters point of view, switching every... Read morePublished on 4 May 2004
I was eagerly awaiting this book after reading "e" and "e before Christmas".
Quite simply it is the funniest book I have read for a long long time. Read more