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Hatchet Job award – celebrating nasty book reviews in the UK

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Brought to you by The OmnivoreThe Hatchet Job of the Year Award is for the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months.

 It aims to raise the profile of professional critics and to promote integrity and wit in literary journalism.
This year’s winner is Sunday Times newspaper journalist A.A. Gill for his biting review of Morrissey’s “Autobiography(M).  Here is an excerpt:

http://www.theomnivore.com/a-a-gill-on-autobiography-by-morrissey-the-sunday-times/“There are many pop autobiographies that shouldn’t be written. Some to protect the unwary reader, and some to protect the author. In Morrissey’s case, he has managed both. This is a book that cries out like one of his maudlin ditties to be edited. But were an editor to start, there would be no stopping. It is a heavy tome, utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likeability”.

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Autobiography(M)
by Morrissey

http://discover.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/?q=title:%22autobiography%22morrissey“Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’” -publisher

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