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Spiffing yarn but....
on 2 March 2018
A novel about, as the subtitle says, journalists and also about the Establishment, mistaken identity, the Englishman abroad and a strange, fairly dysfunctional, county set, extended family.
A spiffing, well written, humorous yarn but, sadly, one which does not survive the test of time; a lot of the humour is based on racism, jingoism, xenophobia, chauvinism (is that another term which, like "entrepreneur", GWB, POTUS 43, thinks the French do not have a word for?), etc., with Johnny (and even Kätchen) foreigners queuing up to take advantage of and rip off our innocent, honest (mainly) and upright (mainly) Englishman protagonist.
It is heavy sprinkled with extreme racist language, especially when referring to the indigenous inhabitants of the fictional African country in which the main action is set, which would, I suspect, lead to widespread protests and even legal action, if it was published today.
Anyway, another tick on my booket list and, putting my modern PC leanings on one side, a very enjoyable read - just to show that I have not gone completely non PC retro, I'll only give it four stars, not five.