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By Cyclist
#10357
Alison Flood reading dross so we don't have to.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Why are Nadine Dorries’ novels so full of Irish cliches?
Good women are beautiful. Bad women aren’t. And men will do anything for a Guinness and a potato. Our writer loses herself in the blarney-filled world of the new culture secretary’s oeuvre

Alison Flood

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2021/ ... ss-blarney

It’s hard not to wonder, when reading Nadine Dorries’ novels, whether the newly anointed culture secretary keeps a checklist of cliches about the Irish beside her as she writes. One character even says: “No one in their right mind ever had a bad word to say about a potato.” Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as a Dorries protagonist would say. And in fact does.

Another has “vivid, twinkling blue eyes, the kind that can only come from Irish roots”. A third “embodied everything everyone knows to be true of an Irishman. He was as bold as brass, full of the blarney and didn’t know the meaning of the word shy.” Men knock back the Guinness (28 mentions in The Four Streets, Dorries’ first book), while they dream of “green fields the colour of emeralds, or a raven-haired girl, with eyes that shone like diamonds”, and kick each other’s heads in. “It was the Irish way. Fists and boots first, words later.”

Jerry, the true Irishman mentioned in the previous paragraph, loses the plot when he sees beautiful Bernadette, she of the “long untameable red hair”. Dorries writes: “Holy Mary, he thought to himself, where the feck has me sensibility gone and why is me hand shaking like a virgin on her wedding night, spillin’ the bleedin’ tea everywhere?” ...

...According to defence secretary Ben Wallace, speaking on Sky News, Dorries is qualified to be culture secretary because she is a bestselling author. “What’s great about Nadine Dorries is she produces culture that people buy and actually want to see, rather than some of the more crackpot schemes we’ve seen being funded in the past by taxpayers’ money.”

The books Dorries is writing – which Wallace didn’t go so far as to claim he’d read – fall squarely into the saga market, which is known, rather dismissively, as the “clogs and shawls” genre, and which feature misery, poverty and abuse followed by a happy ending, set at some point in the past. Her novels neither transcend nor are notably worse than others in this booming area....

...The award-winning crime novelist Abir Mukherjee, wielding his words with a skill far removed from Dorries’ vapid prose, tweeted: “Calling Nadine Dorries an author is like saying cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was a chef.”...
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By Abernathy
#10362
What does the term "best-selling" actually mean ?

Writing a book that sells more than any other book ? Surely not, Nadders.

Writing a book that sells moderately well because its author has quite a prominent media profile? Getting closer.

Just writing a book that sells more than 200 copies? More like Mad Nad's territory.

The reality is that "best-selling" like so many other terms so freely bandied about, means fuck all. But sounds vaguely impressive. QED.
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By Andy McDandy
#10364
There are many bestseller lists, and they all take their info from different sources. So if you want to top the, say, Sunday Times, make sure it's selling in these particular shops. Or arrange for some selective buying.

If you want a definitive bestseller list, Amazon would probably be your best bet. But it doesn't have the cachet of the Times or Guardian and so on.

Ultimately, I think Terry Pratchett put it best - you're a bestselling author when you can afford to do it full time.
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By Cyclist
#10365
Her first bucket of ordure went to to the top of the ebook list with 100,000 sales. Add to that the 637 hardbacks sold, and the 300-odd paperbacks, 103,000 doesn't come anywhere near bestseller status. And her first book was the one which sold the most.*


*I'm going on old data here - the interweb seems strangely reluctant to discuss the specifics of Nad's book sales.
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By Andy McDandy
#10451
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ate-crisis

Marina Hyde tackles the energy crisis.
“There will be no rewards for failure or mismanagement” for the energy companies, intoned Kwarteng – perhaps not the consequence-based space this government wants to get into, after its various triumphs over the past 18 months.
Nothing could be more convenient for those countries resisting net-zero goals – whose current plan for the poorer nations seems to be to sink them, and who would somehow find excuses for waiting-and-seeing even if the conference were being held on a collapsing ice shelf or in the middle of a forest fire.

They are, of course, vocally supported by that rather-too-large section of society that will believe the climate science is “settled” only when they’re beating back children to catch the last lifeboat off Ben Nevis. Even now, total inaction is being pushed by people who expect a limitless supply of items manufactured in China, while smugly pointing out that China pollutes more than us.
And ain't that the truth?
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By Andy McDandy
#10486
John Crace on Johnson and Arcuri being - on different side of the pond - in the spotlight:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -in-london
Boris had wanted to focus on climate change – apparently Joe Biden was so onboard with cutting carbon dioxide emissions that UK meat production was now under threat – but Guthrie mainly wanted to talk about Afghanistan.

How had the prime minister felt about the chaotic scenes in Kabul during and after the withdrawal of US troops? Johnson’s attempts at diplomacy just made him look out of the loop as he tried to maintain the evacuation of Afghanistan had been a logistical success. Guthrie looked amazed. No one had told her she was dealing with a halfwit. God knows what a failure would have looked like.

The interview ended with Boris fessing up for the first time that he had six children. Or, to be strictly accurate, six children he was prepared to acknowledge – with another on the way. He didn’t say whether there might be more he had forgotten about. Or if he could remember all their names.
Meanwhile in London:
She had been doing an MBA in 2012 and in the space of a couple of years had become the centre of London’s tech industry. She was the Bill Gates of Shoreditch who didn’t take no for an answer and would demand that people find another way to say yes to her. Without her, Bloomberg would never have moved to London. Even though the company had done so years before she came on the scene.

And as for the trade trips she may or may not have been on – Arcuri made it sound like nothing more than a coincidence that she would happen to turn up in the same cities at the same time as Boris and his delegations – there was no conflict of interest.
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