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  • ross1948 18:30 on July 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Day of the Jackal, Evaristo Booker, Frederick Forsyth   

    Well Said Freddy! Forsyth V ‘Intellectual’ Jackals 

    It would seem self-evident that the more people buy a book, the more credit to the author as a writer.

    Many more probably read books they borrow from libraries, but paying hard cash is as good a tribute as one can offer.

    That’s why so many of us disdain awards like Booker, which are decided by small cliques of ‘intellectuals…’


    …a parasitic class of mostly snooty gits.

    How The Hell Did Evaristo Ever Get A Writing Prize? 

    Hence I felt like cheering when I saw that Frederick Forsyth

    ‘…has said he has not been able to finish a Booker prize-winning novel for years, saying that he invariably loses interest after 50 pages…. ‘

    Mr. Forsyth’s books are very readable.

    The Day Of The Jackal

    Just think back to that one!

    My own inclination to avoid ‘literature’ churned out by Booker winners is confirmed by what Forsyth went on to say.


    ‘…he would often find with the novels that win the annual literary prize that he did not know “what the hell I am reading… ‘


    Well Said Freddy!

    • Pamela 19:04 on July 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That book, The Day of the Jackal, was rivetting. I have seen both the film versions but prefer the first.
      Why anyone cares what little committees think, like the one that ‘votes’ for the Booker winners, is a real mystery.
      Forsyth should have won multiple times.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 20:24 on July 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Day of the Jackal! I remember when I read that, but I watched the movie before I read the book.
      After that I must have read all Forsyth’s books.
      I don’t think I would read a Booker Prize book even if I was on a long-distance flight where the movies were bad. .


    • Noreen Paterson. 21:28 on July 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Forsyth has been a successful writer because he wrote books people enjoy reading.
      It’s not a left-right thing.
      Stephen King’s books sold very well too, even you have said you liked them, even though he is very leftwing.
      After the shower that got picked by Booker’s bunch last time round, it was pretty easy to see they had just been ticking PC boxes, a woman, and a coloured woman, and a queer, and if you were a white man with normal sexual tastes, you had no chance.
      I think somebody even said that out loud at the time.
      Booker acclaim no longer indicates great writing, if it ever did.


    • Tam Birnie 23:54 on July 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I never understand why the media, especialy the BBC, make such a big thing about Booker decisions.
      The Booker gang are unelected and unrepresentative.
      People should be free to nominate a book and if a book has say a hundred or a thousand nominees, then it should be open to anybody on the electoral register to vote.


  • ross1948 12:42 on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ‘Another author’, Evaristo Booker, pretentious crap   

    How The Hell Did Evaristo Ever Get A Writing Prize? 

    I paid almost no heed to that Booker Prize cr-p, mostly because the various winners seemed at best unimpressive, at worst obnoxious…

    .UK Racism – ‘Black Public Figures’ Defending Savages 

    ….though I did take a side-swipe at them, coincidentally the one I’m now writing about.



    I love books, but history and politics, not trendy gunk.

    As for fiction?

    Give me a Harlan Coben story, or one of Michael Connolly’s ‘Bosch’ yarns, or the action-packed but humorously crafted books of Robert Goddard.

    But I was so appalled last month by the arrogance of that uppity bint with the hair that badly needs a lawn-mower…


    She claims she’s ‘black?’  A couple of hours in the afternoon sunshine here and I’m darker than her!

    ….who shared a prize – she was beside herself with uptight fury…

    The BBC has apologised for referring to Booker Prize joint-winner Bernardine Evaristo as “another author” without naming her directly. 

    …because some hack referred to her as ‘another author,’ which I’d have thought is more than she deserves.

    And I think even less of the Booker judges…



    …after reading some of an article she wrote for the Guardian last week.

    Here’s an extract –

    Ghosts by Dolly Alderton is in conversation with Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series and all the novels that were published in its wake, just as Ali Smith’s postmodern novels are descendants of Virginia Woolf’s modernist oeuvre


    Good Grief!

    Have you EVER read such pretentious gobble-de-gook?

    • Noreen Paterson 13:15 on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      She’s obsesses with that chip on the shoulder so many BLM trouble-makers like to carry..
      All that childish fuss when somebody called her ‘another author’ when that’s all she is, just another author, and not worth reading in my opinion.
      I like Bosch books. I will try those others you recommend.


    • Nat Hislop 13:51 on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A lawn mower! I like it.
      Don’t like her though, it’s not like she can’t afford a visit to a ladies hair dresser.
      She isn’t very coloured, is she, though she claims to be?
      She has got money and glory galore, but she still tries to tell us that coloured people are hard done by because of their colour.


      • Vinnie F 08:18 on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The publishing industry is only interested ib collaborating with the BLM far left.
        They had a book due out from Senator Hawley and cancelled it because he has opinions they don’t like.


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