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Brilliantly funny - if you like this kind of thing
on 27 October 2012
I thought it was brilliantly funny and I finished it in no time. Which might be one of the disadvantages of this book - it's a bit too easy to read, and before you know it the 207 pages are at an end.
For anyone considering buying it, I'd suggest you read the first page of the 'Visit Machu Picchu' entry (it's free to view on Amazon - just click 'look inside') and see if you like that type of humour. The rest of the book is written in a similar style, so if you hate this page, you're going to hate the rest of the book.
The style of humour is very definitely aimed at men, and is seriously London-based. It's pitched somewhere between Have I Got News For You and Loaded, and is gleefully cynical about just about everything that a certain brand of snob holds dear. I suspect the snobs that Wilson is insulting are the dinner-party fraternity of the West London media circus - being a TV producer, he probably knows loads. I don't know any, but I still did a lot of chuckling, quite a lot of nodding in agreement, and a bit of laughing-out-loud from time to time.
In among the silliness and cynicism there are a few points that really make you stop and wonder. One of my favourite passages, about visiting Auschwitz so you 'don't forget':
"If you are going to visit a concentration camp for the purpose of making a vow, you already know all you need to know and you're indulging in nothing more than grief tourism."
Makes you think, eh?