worst book I saw in this “best of British” selection

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Dangerous Hero - Tom Bower 3
Heroic Failure - Fintan O’ Toole 1
All Out War - Tim Shipman 1
Fake Law - The Secret Barrister 1
The Establishment - Owen Jones 1
Monty Don - Y Rden Ld 1
British Summer Time Begins - Ysenda Maxtone Graham 1
Natives - Akala 0
English Pastoral - James Rebanks 0
Posh Boys - Robert Verkaik 0
Mantel Pieces - Hilary Mantel 0
Citizen Clem - John Bew 0
The Northumbrians - Dan Jackson 0
The Artful Dickens - John Mullan 0
Stiff Upper Lip - Alex Renton 0
One of the other books I’m not turning my phone upside down to view and therefore list 0


mardheamac (gyac), Saturday, 29 January 2022 21:14 (nine months ago) link

Heroic Failure is a book by an Irish writer on why brexit was such a stupid idea. I started reading it a few years back cos i found it cheap in a sale in the chain newsagent in town here. I only didn't finish it cos I started buying books when i got to London.
I think he's a good writer. Was actually thinking about not having completed the book earlier and wondering where it was.

Stevolende, Saturday, 29 January 2022 21:26 (nine months ago) link

heroic failure for two main reasons, fot and inclusion

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Saturday, 29 January 2022 21:45 (nine months ago) link

Most of these books could be the punchline to an Alan Partridge joke. Only missing Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab, which actually improves with every read.

triggercut, Sunday, 30 January 2022 05:11 (nine months ago) link

Is that a weird quasi ironic grouping. Seems a number of those are attacking elements of what is supposedly British.

Stevolende, Sunday, 30 January 2022 09:48 (nine months ago) link

Obviously Shipman is a cunt but I may need to do some research here

I mean I hate Akala but he's not a cunt, he's trying god bless him

Reader, I buried him (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 30 January 2022 10:13 (nine months ago) link

I keep assuming Dan Jackson is one of the other shit history cunt Dans, why the fuck has Dan turned into a tag for shit history cunts?

Reader, I buried him (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 30 January 2022 10:15 (nine months ago) link

Is the photo from a random Waterstones or something.

Stevolende, Sunday, 30 January 2022 11:02 (nine months ago) link

Wonder how well it works asa sales tool anyway. It's not anywhere near St george's day is it?
Maybe somebody needed to remind people of some amorphous something since Brexit was coming apart at the seams and the govt was a joke?
Wasn't St George like Turkish or something anyway?

Stevolende, Sunday, 30 January 2022 11:04 (nine months ago) link

Georgian i think but Turkish nationalists have a lot of thoughts

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Reader, I buried him (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 30 January 2022 11:08 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:01 (seven months ago) link

is Mantel Pieces good?

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:54 (seven months ago) link

Points for title.

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:56 (seven months ago) link

Rex Mantlepiece to thread!

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 01:04 (seven months ago) link

It's hard to objectively poll a "worst book", because if people suspect a book is likely to be bad, they avoid it. Any poll results you get are more probably a reflection of "which author among these do I despise the most".

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 31 March 2022 02:51 (seven months ago) link

For “worst” sub in least appropriate/wrong nationality/what the fuck as taste suits

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 31 March 2022 04:14 (seven months ago) link

I had forgotten that Tom Bower was the author of the scathing biography of Corbyn and went and bought a couple of other books by him. Operation Paperclip. I mean obviously if he is going to attack Corbyn his perspective on everything else must be equally askew. Innit. Like.

Stevolende, Thursday, 31 March 2022 09:00 (seven months ago) link

Secret Barrister one is worst because I hate all these fucking coward ‘Secret’ whatever things. You know that whoever the actual person is, is the biggest cunt in whatever profession it is

crisp, Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:54 (seven months ago) link

iirc he has a Twitter rep - it must be a he - for being a wanker

a spectre is haunting your mom (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 31 March 2022 11:13 (seven months ago) link

Took the words out of my mouth, was very concerned about Corbyn’s “authoritarianism” iirc

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 31 March 2022 11:15 (seven months ago) link

setting aside the political attitudinising on twitter (which my learned friends and esteemed colleagues gyac and noodle vague characterise correctly), the LRB review of the secret barrister book was actually pretty positive: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n05/stephen-sedley/mischief-wrought

i can't imagine it's worse than anything by tom bower

mark s, Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:15 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 1 April 2022 00:01 (seven months ago) link


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