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Bad Idea Anthology by Jack Roberts, Daniel Stacey

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Read this anthology to find out what Britain’s best young journalists are up to. BAD IDEA magazine is the new stomping ground for ambitious young writers, a melting pot of tragedy, parties, love, death, cybersex and stretched cricket metaphors.

Its spicy, daring approach to investigative journalism takes readers from the streets of northern Iraq to life inside the world of international love spies in Edinburgh. Reinvigorating the form of literary journalism and personal storytelling, the BAD IDEA anthology is a return to the personal, the eccentric, the candid and terrifying. Truly eye-opening stuff.


Bad Idea Anthology by Jack Roberts, Daniel Stacey

The BAD IDEA anthology compiles the best articles from BAD IDEA magazine since its launch two years ago. Entertaining and action packed, what sets BAD IDEA’s stories apart are their energy for documentary journalism and their eye for novel and powerful personal experiences. It’s quickly become the publication of choice for the best of the new crop of feature writers, with this anthology containing stories by writers from the Guardian, Telegraph, Times, New York Times, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, New Statesman and Scotsman. There are also pieces by new and established novelists like Patrick Neate, Mil Millington, and Nicolas Royle.

This book has an amazing mix of global stories by young journalists reporting from the ground. Follow Scotland’s police exports as they fight gang crime in Kingston, Jamaica. Enter inside the heart of the New Rave movement in London. Journey on dusty, dangerous roads with Iraq's Kurds as they uncover the history of the Anfal genocide. In New York, dine at the fusty gourmand club the James Beard Foundation, and watch as the city’s elite stuff themselves silly. In Dubai, follow documentary makers as they try and smuggle video evidence of the town’s thriving sex trade past zealous local authorities.

This fascinating, masterfully written collection offers fresh, entertaining insights into our modern world.


Praise for BAD IDEA magazine:

The Guardian

“Shocking, beautiful, fascinating”
Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler

“A wonderful magazine, and important”
Clay Felker, former editor of Esquire and founding editor of New York magazine

“Absolutely fantastic”
Rowan Pelling, 2004 Man Booker Judge

About the Author

Jack Roberts, Daniel Stacey

Jack Roberts is a founding editor of BAD IDEA magazine. A Londoner, he has contributed to national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Guardian.

Daniel Stacey is a founding editor of BAD IDEA magazine. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, he is a literary correspondent for The Australian newspaper, and writes regularly for the New Statesman.

The pair met at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2003, where they both studied together under Esquire’s former editor, and the founder of New York magazine, Clay Felker. BAD IDEA was founded in September 2006.

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19th May 2008


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Anova Books


256 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
Literary Fiction
The Real World

Anthologies (non-poetry)



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