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The Writer's Cut

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From Monty Python legend Eric Idle comes this wicked and enthralling comedy

Set during the glorious days of the Bush Empire before they finally invaded and killed irony, The Writer’s Cut follows Stanley Hay, a joke writer. He has a girlfriend, a writing partner and a career going nowhere in particular. Wisecracking, ambitious and horny, Stanley decides that he is going to

Kindle Edition, 123 pages
Published October 5th 2015 by Canelo
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Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Look, I love a lot of Eric Idle's work, but this is a book of stupid, annoying people doing stupid and annoying things while being rewarded for them. It's not particularly clever to accuse Hollywood of being shallow and sex-obsessed, nor is it a shock that artists bluff/procrastinate. Calling this "post-ironic" doesn't cover for what is frankly a short, lazy, unlikeable book. ...more
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Perfect for those nights when you can't sleep, and need something light, and fun to help you through the dark night. Admittedly, it's a manic trip with a self-absorbed writer as the main character, but it's fun, and I suspect the entertainment industry works far more like this than anyone would like to admit. ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nothing like I thought it would be, esp since it was written by Eric Idle, one of my Idols!! Okay read however, a parable of the cult of instant celebrity. Who knows if his take on the personalities in Hollywood, NY and Cali are accurate. They are funny, however.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
fun read, makes you think about the values of contemporary society
May 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Oh, Eric. I love you and will forever cherish you until the end of time. You're one of my comedy Beatles.

This is the first novel of Idle's I've experienced, and it's fun, silly, madcap, naughty, and a very quick read. Television writer Stanley Hay is the main character, and he's not too unlike the author. I honestly thought the beginning of the book was an introduction by Eric because it's filled with his usual name dropping and descriptions of ladies' body parts (go read his memoirs and tour d
Heath McKenny
I wanted so much to enjoy this book, but unfortunately it wasn’t going to happen. This story of a screenwriter who sells a book he hasn’t written and then finds every possible way to suck even more money out of the Hollywood machine while avoiding at all turns writing even a word of the book was meant to highlight the vacuity and avarice of our fame-crazed society.
I assume.
In the end, despite the author’s/narrator’s constant reminders that it’s meant to be “post-ironic”, the story can only be
Ralph Wark
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Not bad

I love Monty Python, grew up with their antics on the CBC, so an Eric Idle book was a no brainer. It has a nice premise, a writer with a tell all book who gets promoted, a movie deal, groupies, and general adulation, all before actually writing the book. That's the kicker, this poor sod is caught up in the Hollywood machine and goes along with it, all the time procrastinating the actual writing. Bit of a one trick pony but it has enough Pythonesque absurdity make it fun, just not great. S
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Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author and composer of comedic songs. He wrote and performed as a member of the internationally renowned British comedy group Monty Python.

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