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How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely
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Mar 16, 12

Read from February 24 to March 16, 2012, read count: 1

A brilliantly funny and enjoyable book about a guy who wants to become a famous novelist so that he can show up his ex-girlfriend by stealing the limelight at her wedding.

Pete Tarslaw is a likeable slacker who decides that all modern bestselling authors are con artists peddling formulaic, meaningless trash that ticks all the necessary boxes for its dumb audience. And because of that, they are geniuses. A lifetime of blagging has put Pete in good stead to become one of them.

The book is full of literary satire, with well-observed "excerpts" from many fictional novels from the in-world authors, clearly mocking people like Dan Brown, John Grisham and Andy McNab.

But it's more than just a satire of the publishing industry, it's an enjoyable coming of age story that has more heart and human insight than the concept and the humourous style would suggest.

And it's very, very readable.
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