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2.77  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Adrian Day and Martyn Bilton are two young journalists adrift in the "New Globe", Britain's biggest newspaper. After The Incident (involving a cup of coffee, the Prime Minister, and the exploitation of the working class) an explosion of hype threatens to blow Bilton onto a much larger stage.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Faber & Faber
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Dec 23, 2013 Nickie rated it it was ok
No doubt the cover of this book says things like "hilarious", "biting satire", "i laughed so much at something that was genuinely funny, then looked back at this book and thought that it had generated the laughter". But I didn't read it with the dust jacket on, so I can't confirm.

It's funny enough, not laugh out, but it has its moments. Its satire of governmental politics, Marxism, the media is fairly good, but not as good as it should be. It's pretty average across the board. Like a Private Eye
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Jun 14, 2008 Jez Latham rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. I think the genre of satire is dead [or has morphed into something completely different] but nevertheless the gags about our media saturated society were well thought out, and there was just enough to the plot to keep me interested. Not the sort of book I have read in a long time, so a refreshing change. Really worth 3 and a half stars but either it wont do that or I am not very adept with a mouse.
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Jan 23, 2012 Jonathan Norton rated it it was ok
Jolly little media sature from the 90s. Has some decent gags in it, and I suppose you could say it was still relevant (in the way that "The Day Today" still is - the character of Bilton himself is like a fusion of Chris Morris and Nick Cohen), but it's a bit pleased with itself, and nowhere near being a modern-day "Scoop".
Jan 29, 2012 Bicefalus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
della trama di questo libro ricordo poco ... so solo che mi era piaciuto e che l'ho finito su untrenino scalchignato della costa zzurra circodandato da bione valchierie bruciacchiate dal sole
Jul 10, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
Quite good fun, if a little insubstantial book about the media. like withnail & i transported into modern fleet street.
Quite an interesting read The book was published in 1998 but was ahead of the game with stupid levels of celebrity culture
Feb 04, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly moving. Bilton is going to stick in my memory forever, instantly one of my favourite characters in all media
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Andrew Martin (born 6 July 1962) is an English novelist and journalist.

Martin was brought up in Yorkshire, studied at the University of Oxford and qualified as a barrister. He has since worked as a freelance journalist for a number of publications while writing novels, sta
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