Title: Do Ants Have Arseholes?…and other bloody ridiculous questions

Author: Jon Butler and Bruno Vincent

Pages: 183 Pages

Publisher: Sphere

The Blurb

How easy is it to fall off a log? Where is the middle of nowhere? Do we really have no bananas?

The readers of OLD GIT magazine are a batty, befuddled, potty-mouthed bunch, who seem to spend a significant chunk of their spare time corresponding with the publication’s popular letters page. DO ANTS HAVE ARSEHOLES? is a very funny, very silly collection of questions and answers taken from this column, none of which has any basis whatsoever in fact.

A must for all those who relish a heady mixture of shaggy-dog stories, toilet humour and utter lack of insight.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

When I saw the title of this book – Do Ants Have Arseholes? – I genuinely found myself curious to know the answer. Do they? Surely they do. And that was the reason why I picked up this copy at my local charity shop.

What kept me reading Do Ants Have Arseholes? was the fact that the book is chock full of whimsy and silliness and I do love the silliness. As you get further and further into the book the questions become sillier and the answers to the silly questions become all the more ludicrous. It is very entertaining.

For anyone who likes a dollop of daftness to their day then I fully recommend Do Ants Have Arseholes? It is guaranteed to make you smile.

Do Ants Have Arseholes?…and other bloody ridiculous questions by Jon Butler and Bruno Vincent is available now.

 

Lost for WordsThe Blurb

From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking and entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition.

Each of the judges of the Elysian Prize for literature has a reason for accepting the job. For the chairman, MP Malcolm Craig, it is backbench boredom, media personality Jo Cross is on the hunt for a ‘relevant’ novel, and Oxbridge academic Vanessa Shaw is determined to discover good writing. But for Penny Feathers of the Foreign Office, it’s all just getting in the way of writing her own thriller.

Over the next few weeks they must read hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year, and so the judges spar, cajole and bargain in order that their chosen title gets the recognition it deserves. Meanwhile, a host of authors are desperate for Elysian glory, including brilliant writer and serial heart-breaker Katherine Burns, lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black, and Sonny, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm.

Lost for Words is razor-sharp and fabulously entertaining. It cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture, and asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda.

The Review

Lost for Words is another one of those books that I requested on NetGalley because it looked interesting. By that I mean that the cover looked interesting. Lost for Words – like the cover – is in fact, interesting. It is a humorous parody on celebrity culture and how we use our status to value our own existence.  Lost for Words is a funny book.

The interwoven storylines are entertaining and shows St Aubyn’s skill at writing. I personally found that I didn’t connect with the characters but I think that was an intentional point – the characters are so transparent and vapid that it is hard to root for them. Clever St Aubyn.

Overall, Lost for Words is a funny satirical take on modern day society and the importance that we place on celebrity culture. Well worth a read.

Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn is available now.

3 Stars