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Great book, great stories... wish it had been proof-read
on 2 April 2012
This is a superb book. Johnny Beerling is a likeable narrator and he has some wonderful stories to tell. Anyone who's interested in Radio 1 and its history should buy this book - it's a super read and very informative.
However - it is littered with spelling mistakes, bad grammar and missing punctuation. Font sizes change from chapter to chapter. When he quotes someone else the quote is greyed out and difficult to read. Basically - it should have been proof-read.
It's a real shame just how much the lack of a proof reader lets this book down.
He regularly makes silly mistakes like saying 'loose' when it should be 'lose', or 'worse' when it should be 'worst'. I'm sure some of them are just typos, like when he says 'ever' instead of 'every'. Stuff that wouldn't have shown up in a spell-check, but is still plain wrong, and would have been caught if it had just been checked. There are also missing apostrophes and full-stops everywhere.
The most annoying error of all is the fact that he uses an apostrophe in DJs when he doesn't need one. As you can imagine in a book about Radio 1, this is an error that shows up on practically every page - and will drive you up the wall.
Otherwise, fantastic book.