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At last an article jam-packed with negativity – I love these kind of features, always make me smile. The Sunday Times asked a bunch of authors, critics, and literary types about the books they detest.

Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times deputy literary editor
London Fields by Martin Amis Almost everything that is wrong with Amis’s writing is here, in full-colour detail, in this overblown, self-regarding, sexist, appallingly snobbish novel. The preening, self-consciously hip mid-Atlantic drawl is bad enough, but what takes the breath away is the vitriolic portrait of British working-class life. You can feel his father’s prejudices seeping out of every sentence. Cartoonish, offensive and in the bin, I’m afraid.

I totally agree – London Fields is bobbins. Couldn’t finish it.

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