Hugo Rifkind draws upon his favorite entries from past seven years of his satirical Times column, My Week. Rifkind recalls working as the Times gossip columnist in 2006 and thinking how much easier it would be to make things up about the public figures who refused to speak with him, Thus was My Week born, a series of diary entries from the fake pens of such sundry public figures as Tony Blair and Justin Bieber.
British Actor Michael Fenton Stevens gets cheeky with his performances of this smorgasbord of British and international politicians, entertainers, writers, sports stars, and royalty. Any news junky looking for a break will find this audiobook a pleasantly irreverent spin on politics and pop culture.
Since it began several years ago Hugo Rifkind's dazzling My Week column has been satirising the high profile and the famous, and basically anyone foolish or unfortunate enough to find themselves at the top of the news agenda that week. The column itself is a fictional diary parodying their movements over seven days in a rarely flattering but always hilarious manner.
Rifkind's victims are as diverse and as headline-grabbing as David Cameron, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Edwina Currie, Barack Obama and Pippa Middleton. This book collects the very best of this incredibly popular column, introduced and linked in a way that adds zest and background to the entries.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would , especially someone who enjoys the (non)characters in politics. It's not my scene but I got swept up in the performance, the perceptive ability of the writer and his ability to turn what he perceives into something odd and imaginative. The only other thing I can think of with the same feel is spitting image. This feels like chilled -reading on the train back from a city job -spitting image.
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After initially getting disappointed it was boring old prime minister stuff, I enjoyed it.
I love this book; I frequently put it on the timer so that I can fall asleep to it, with a smile on my face.
I would recommend this to everyone: it really helps me unwind.
Hugo Rifkind's collected columns are almost guaranteed to raise a chuckle. His take on the people in the news each week is brilliantly crafted and laugh out loud funny. Michael Fenton Stevens' voice is great to listen to and I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I started listening to this audiobook - and quickly gave up on it.
It might have been amusing at the time it was written. But not now.
What will your next listen be?
Something quite different
What didn’t you like about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance?
The text he read out
What character would you cut from My Week?
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