By A.A. Gill
For more than 20 years, people turned to A.A. Gill’s columns for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter and tear provoking one-liners – but mostly because he was the best. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early (he died in 2016), but can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways. There was nothing that he couldn’t illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was – at home or abroad (Sudan, Iraq, Lampedusa) – he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself and his personal demons. There have been various collections of A.A. Gill’s journalism – individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his feature articles. This book collects examples of the very best of his work and is drawn from a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair and Tatler, among others. A book that is hilarious, unflinching, sad, funny and furious. The short chapters on Peppa Pig and David Attenborough Revisited are a particular joy to read.
Matakana Village Books