Tuesday, 7 July 2009
It's not often that I get a pleasant surprise looking through remaindered items in bookstores. Usually it is books that no sane person would ever buy: books on diets that will damage your body and possibly make you temporarily thin; books devoted to farting; autobiographies of whatever moron has just fallen out of the public eye.
There are few books that are so abysmal they will be remaindered. I mean to actually be so bad that the British reading public will give it a miss because their money will be better spent on the works of Jilly Cooper and Graham Norton. But I was delighted to see that Edward Lucas's book 'The New Cold War' has achieved just that. It's tough competition out there Ed, and you just can't compete with Katie Price's talents.
For those who don't know, Ed Lucas is a right wing scrawny slaphead, who writes non-stop drivel about Russia. He plugged this book in The Guardian, criticising Bad Vlad for supporting heartless capitalism. Then simultaneously he plugged it in The Times, criticising Bad Vlad for puting Mikhail 'Alexander Solzhenitsyn' Khodorkovsky in prison. I tried to follow Ed's arguments, but I lost touch when he got to comparing Vladimir Putin with Saruman (sorry, maybe it was 'Sauron', please forgive if I'm misrepresenting your arguments Eddie).
Anyway, I don't know if we Brits are ready to spend a large chunk of our GDP on antagonising Russia. But we evidently aren't prepared to shell out a tenner for the latest piece of Lucas drek.
We'll save it for the fifth volume of David Beckham's memoirs thank you very much.
(Given his sinister baldy head, I used Nosferatu for this, but if I see Anne Applebaum's works heading remainderwise, I'll try to get a picture of Nosferatu with his mouth open)