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A View From The Bed And Other Observations Paperback – 2 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844080986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844080984
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diski is a writer who sets off at an engaging tangent more often than not, but the eclectic nature of her reading means she has plenty to get her teeth into. She is always sharp and witty with a lavish range of cultural reference. (Daily Mail)

She is intelligent, funny and challenging. (Independent)

There is much to admire here: a trenchant wit and an original stance not being the least.' Scotland on Sunday ('an intelligent and enjoyable writer')


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A wonderfully animated collection of Diski's essays from the London Review of Books, The Guardian, New Statesman and the Observer.

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Jenny Diski is one of the most thoughtful, and also one of the funniest essayists and journalists working today, and has one of the best writing styles for this sort of thing that I've ever come across. This collection of short pieces (including a selection on Diski's experiences during Tony Blair's second election campaign, a cycle of short essays dealing with her decision to leaves London for Cambridge and a house opposite that of her partner The Poet (a writer and lecturer at Cambridge University), a meditation on shopping and many of her book reviews from the LRB) is an absolute delight. Admittedly, it gets off to a slightly slow start with some very short sketches, including one about fishing that lost me somewhat - but it's not long before we're treated to Diski at her wittiest in a hilarious review of a biography of Richard Branson (so funny that my partner had to ask me why I was weeping with laughter). And from then on, the book had me riveted. Among other delights I relished thoughtful reviews of biographies of Sonia Orwell and Caroline Blackwood, Diski's fulminations about New Labour (I'm glad someone else couldn't stand Blair - but why be so ashamed of admiring a Lib Dem?), a brilliant account of Jewish attitudes to sailing in life and literature from Noah onwards, and her meditations on forced inaction following an ankle operation.

What I like about Diski is that she's honest without being a show-off. So she doesn't go on and on about how brilliant she is (a la Lynn Barber) or moan about the awfulness of her life (a la Liz Jones) - instead, she writes very honestly about how she feels, and her various attitudes to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars diski does it again 7 Jan. 2014
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whether writing essays or novels or non fiction, jenny can always be expected to come on the scene with the most original of voices.
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