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Back to his modern satires, for his last novel The First Casualty was historical, very special and unusual. With this one he returns to the familiar social territory of Dead Famous and Past Mortem. It centres around the TV Pop Idol shows and the backbiting celebrity world surrounding it. Some quirky characters and amusing ideas, but not his best, although very clever, and as a Ben Elton fan it’s a ‘must read’.
Similar this month: None but try Kevin Sampson.
Comparison: Stephen Fry, Rupert Morgan, Christopher Buckley.
Crazed, no talent fame junkies…And that’s just the judges.
Chart Throb.The ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that’s Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show.
Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits in judgement upon the Mingers, Clingers and Blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted ‘search’ for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The ‘real’ is about to be put back into ‘reality’ television and Calvin and his fellow judges are about to become ex-factors themselves.
Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous, returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows.
Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.
'Another brilliantly savage, laugh-out-loud page-turner from Elton' OK Magazine
Publication date: 04/06/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||4th June 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Light-Hearted, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Ben Elton’s career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. In addition to his hugely influential work as a stand-up comic, he is the writer of such TV hits as The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line. Elton has written three musicals, The Beautiful Game, We Will Rock You and Tonight’s the Night and three West End plays. His internationally bestselling novels include Popcorn, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society.More About Ben Elton