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Great seems to be his favourite for describing anything that ...
on 13 March 2016
He writes interesting and sometimes amusing books. I've read several, and a lot of the same material is in most of them. It's hard to distinguish which is non-fiction and which is fiction, as the characters keep popping up in different books under different names. His use of adjectives is somewhat lacking in variation too. Great seems to be his favourite for describing anything that is large, great appears in almost every paragraph. His use of similes is also tedious. The same ones crop up ad nauseum. I found them very irritating. Face like a smacked bottom, rat up a drainpipe, on and on they go. My English teacher would have given me low marks for such writing, and probably made me re-write everything. For such a highly qualified man, and English Inspector for Schools no less, I think his writing is somewhat poor in general, though the stories are quite entertaining.