Critic's choice


The blurb on the inside cover

Said: ‘He has been too long ignored.’

I ploughed through the first two chapters;

By then I was thoroughly bored.


Until I thought of my contract

To review the book on TV,

Together with some Oxbridge types

And an artist dressed as a tree.


(Later on, in a wine-soaked haze,

I also remembered my fee.)


And so I read the weighty tome,

All eleven hundred pages.

I have no clue what it’s about;

I just know it took me ages.


While jotting down some unkind barbs,

Each one harsher than the other,

I recognised the author’s name:

My employer's younger brother!


On broadcast day, I praised it as

‘An exciting, fast-paced novel.’

In my trade, one requirement

Is a willingness to grovel.

◄ Daleks at Fenchurch Street on a rainy day

Better people ►


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trevor homer

Fri 16th Oct 2020 15:28

This has just convinced me to stop reading the weighty tome which I am currently struggling with. Wonderfully acerbic. T.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 7th Oct 2020 17:37

Thanks, M.C. I can still taste it....

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 6th Oct 2020 11:08

It's hard enough just to get a review - of any sort!
I enjoyed this lemon-sucking piece, just close enough to reality perhaps.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 5th Oct 2020 16:50

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. I suppose we have to pick our battles, so to speak. John, I think it's better to binge watch the films (about 24 hours including extras).

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Brian Maryon

Mon 5th Oct 2020 08:42

Excellent Stephen. It's always good to keep your powder dry.

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Martin Elder

Sun 4th Oct 2020 22:09

A wonderful piece of light hearted poetry
Nice one

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John Coopey

Sun 4th Oct 2020 21:32

Nice turn, Stephen. I felt the same way about "Lord of the Rings".

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Sun 4th Oct 2020 19:26

Nice one Stephen, enjoyed.


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Paul Sayer

Sun 4th Oct 2020 17:14

Good poem, sorry it has to be that way... or does it?


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