Thinly Disguised Autobiography Paperback – 2 Jul 2004
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...a picaresque novel of charm and verve... A rueful confessional memoir is also a perceptive portrait of a troubled age. -- Julia Flynn in Sunday Telegraph, August 2003
...snappy, snortingly funny and incredibly propulsive - the apparently aimless narrative grips throughout. -- Paul Connolly in Times (Play), July 2003
...this is a rites of passage tale that pushes all the right 1980s nostalgia buttons. -- Daily Mirror, July 2003
Delingpole can write, for sure... Boswell's buffoonery and even some of his scapegrace charm. -- Anthony Quinn in Daily Telegraph, August 2003
I applaud Delingpole's reckless courage... [his] writing crackles with energy and wicked humour. -- Simon Shaw in Mail on Sunday, August 2003 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
It's 1984 and wearing the bad clothes and bad hairstyle that everyone wore back then because they didn't realise it was the early Eighties, Josh starts his first year at Oxford busting with hopes, ambitions, and ludicrously unrealistic expectations. Brideshead has just been on TV, the Sloane Ranger Handbook has laid down the rules, and now all Josh needs is to find his own Sebastian Flyte (preferably with a tasty sister). But what he also wants to do is to take lots of drugs, hang with the cool set, wear black, lose his virginity, shag lots of chicks and listen to the Smiths and New Order. The two aims, he discovers, are not necessarily compatible. But then very few of his ambitions are, for Josh is a man who wants everything and isn't going to stop until he gets it. Or, at least, until ten years of heavy-duty reality intervene to hint that life might be a touch messier and more complicated than was dreamt of in his philosophy. THINLY DISGUISED AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the story of that rude awakening, from the horrors of Fleet Street to the thrills of the LA riots, the Es at the Wag to trips at Glastonbury, from Oxford to London via Venice, Spetses, Laguna Beach and Bromsgove: the highs, the lows, and even a tiny bit of romance.See all Product Description
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"I'm giving everything up - flat, job, Simone very probably because I don't want any distractions - and I'm ****ing off to Languedoc for as long as it takes to write my novel. ... But you know what? In six months I'll be going, 'Yeah, well, anyone can write a novel. It's getting it published that's the real test.' Then I'll get it published and I'll be going: 'Well, of course, any damned fool can publish one novel. The real test is whether you can manage fifteen..' And so it will go on until I die of exhaustion, never having had any fun in my life because I'll have been too busy trying to achieve."
I had no social life while in the newsroom and the mistrust among people within and outside the media about journalists is palpable. Perhaps it was easier and more fun in the 90s, which is when John Deveraux our lead man takes up his career as a journalist.
This racy book also offers some drug fuelled episodes and our male lead is perpetually drunk. He is a shameless social climber who wanted to have studied at Eton and wasn't just pleased with his Oxford degree.
It's trashy but fun and very readable. The perfect `empty-your-mind' read.
Delingpole can do a lot better - for evidence of this, see the very promising Dick Coward adventures. In fact, had I read this novel before I read 'Coward on the Beach', I might not have bothered with that! As early novels written by male authors and containing more than a hint of autobiographical detail go, this is worth comparing with Nicholas Monsarrat's 'This is the Schoolroom'. It's not as good, though.
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Unflinchingly honest - just like his journalism his honesty shows a writer who has the guts to tell it like it is and bugger the consequences.Published on 16 Aug. 2011 by BetterNameThanBefore
I thought this book was OK until I became aware of Delingpole's journalism, recent posts of which deny the impacts of climate change, support the British Empire and leant sympathy... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2009 by Ray L
I read this book about two years ago and I thought it was one of the best books I've read ... very funny, some very cringeworthy moments but ultimately I loved it and cannot... Read morePublished on 26 April 2008 by Tink
"It's a beautiful song, the sort that makes you tight in your throat; that makes you yearn for a golden time you probably never experienced but would sell your soul to... Read morePublished on 15 April 2007 by Bethany Williams
It would be very much in keeping with the spirit of this book if all the rave reviews it has received were actually written by Delingpole, and he was secretly hating and loving... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2006 by Rex Slater
The is an absolutely brilliant book.Horribly true to life.As someone else said if this is thinly disguised autobiography then it is the most truthful i have read in a long long... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2004
Superbly written in a manner that will not allow you to put it down, this has to be the funniest book that I have read this year! Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2004