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KP Webster has written everything from dictionary definitions to Radio 4 comedy scripts, from translations for Italian cigarette-making machines to underground marketing campaigns. He has also worked as a researcher, an editor, a professional blogger, an actor, a travel writer, a teacher and a landscape gardener, of sorts. He was once fired by Loaded magazine whilst working for a different magazine entirely. He laughs about that.
He wrote the book 'Bête de Jour :: The Intimate Adventures of an Ugly Man' under the name Stan Cattermole and as part of a rather strained publicity campaign, he appeared on Canada AM and GMTV with a paper bag on his head.
His writing has been compared to the work of Kurt Vonnegut, Irvine Welsh, William Leith, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He was also once accused of 'hovering somewhere between Dostoevsky, Wodehouse and Adrian Mole'. It is an accusation he vigorously denies.
on May 18, 2014 :
I ducked reviewing this book for a long time because the reasons that I didn’t love it absolutely have a lot more to do with me as a reader than with the book. It’s inventive, compelling and beautifully written – so much so that I read it and enjoyed it despite my prudish tendency to scud through sex scenes as if I’m peering through my fingers at the gory parts of a horror movie. And there is a lot of sex, plot-relevant, and hardly unexpected to anyone who has read the blurb, but sadly not my cup of tea. Sadly, because this is a well-told tale, and exuberantly imaginative, though for me it felt a little uneven with some tantalisingly unexplored strands and ideas.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 01, 2013 :
Wonderful book. Couldn't put it down. You just HAVE to read it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)