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on 12 November 2017
It was only when looking at Tim Minchins sublime "9 life lessons" commencement address to his Alma Mater that I realized what was troubling me about this book: It doesn't love, or even like, anything. Minchin made the point" we identify ourselves as part of a subculture by listing the things we hate", and this book is fundamentally a list of things that the author hates. Its reasonably written, but has no real higher purpose, not uplifting goal, simply saying "dont like that, nor that, nor that". Frankly, Victor Meldew did that, and it was funnier. Deserve better from someone who is probably the best political satirist in the English speaking world.
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on 27 November 2015
Bit of a damp squib. Had very high expectations given the quality of his radio and tv scripts, but this one didn't really hit for me.
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on 22 November 2017
Increasing how I feel about the world - bewildered by it. Iannucci hits it right on the head the world has gone mad and us with it. Brilliant read and very funny.
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on 11 October 2010
Having way back when watched Brass Eye and The Ianucci Tape(s) I was beginning to wonder what the man was doing with his life. I needn't have worried. Like me he was just getting quietly angrier and angrier with the world in general and the bits that we each meet on a daily basis in particular. The real beauty is that seemingly nothing is beyond well thought out acidic ridicule. Sometimes you just have to let go.
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on 9 December 2009
Whether you are already a fan of Armando's stunning TV portfolio - The Day Today, Brass Eye, Time Trumpet, The Thick of It - or coming to him anew, you should get a real kick out of this collection of his columns from the Daily Telegraph and Observer. I had missed them completely, so this supercolumnpendium was a great read (my pathetic attempt at an Iannucci-ism).

With consummate skill, joy and despair, he brilliantly satirises the everyday absurdities of modern life. From 'and' being declared the most important syllable of the 20th century to the popularity of reality TV shows, the manipulation of fact and increasingly language by the modern politician, and the war in Irag, Armando Iannucci rages at the modern world, frequently straddling the ever greying border between fact and fiction, leaving you bemused, confused and bent double with laughter. His pleasure in the creation of new and unusual insults is a joy to share.

Make sure you update your vocabulary with his dictionary of modern usage, for example, 'nanopology': a newspaper retraction less than one-sixteenth the size of the original story.

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on 27 September 2009
If you like the Armando Iannucci shows or his appearences on the 99p challenge then think more of that kind of thing for the contens of this book.
Much of it is a collection of work previously published in the Telegraph or Observer and it consists of some small, some slightly longer flights of fancy. If you read it in Armandos voice and delivery style then it'll work, you need to put that effort in to get the right feeling in your head but it's worth it. So, very much for Iannucci fans but suffers from not having the delivery of the man himself.
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on 21 March 2013
Free full-size stadium on page 188! also contains a cut-out-and-keep Aberdonian womans face mask! Gordon Brown smiles with every purchase...aww.
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on 28 January 2013
very enjoyable. as always some very imaginative humour from one of the best comedy writers of the present time.
will read again
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on 27 August 2015
Just excellent all round
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on 4 September 2009
I love Armando Iannucci. There's not a single thing this man has been involved in that I've not enjoyed on some level. He's a genius, yet he doesn't seem aware of it, which makes him quite an endearing character.

His 1st book, "Facts and Fancies", is one of my "go to" books when I've exhausted all unread books, and want something I know will deliver. To say I was excited about this book would be an understatement.

And it IS a good book. Whereas F&F was a chapter-chapter-chapter affair, this is very much a brain dump - some "bits" are 3 or 4 lines, some several pages long. Some of it is genius, some just misses the mark (for me). F&F latched onto absurd premises, took it and ran it until the original idea seemed plausible (such as the mathematical formula for nursery rhymes), whereas this book doesn't let each idea flourish in the same way. Which is a shame, but then perhaps they wouldn't work the same way had Iannucci expanded the concepts and taken a flight of fancy with them. Also, in fairness to Iannucci - he's already written that book, and this is a different book, meaning that just doing the same thing again probably wasn't the spark of what he wanted to achieve.

But it IS a good book. The above paragraph sounds so negative, but it really is a good book. If you appreciate Iannucci's more surreal works (his show for example), you'll definitely enjoy this, and annoy the heck out of whoever is sat nearby with chuckles of delight.
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