The Household Tips of the Great Writers (Hardback)
  • The Household Tips of the Great Writers (Hardback)

The Household Tips of the Great Writers (Hardback)

Hardback 372 Pages
Published: 03/11/2011
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'As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with a Great Writer and his house.'

Great Writer's Household Tips covers all your household needs, indoors and outdoors, from pruning a rose bush with Pablo Neruda to mending a dripping tap with Jean-Paul Sartre. Throwing a tea-party? Irvine Welsh has the recipe for the perfect chocolate cake, though that's not all he's cooking. Brilliant, hilarious, and always pitch-perfect, this omnibus edition of Mark Crick's wonderful books of literary pastiche will inform and entertain the most erudite of householders.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847082527
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 204 x 137 x 26 mm


Crick is a brilliant literary ventriloquist - Financial Times

A book of literary pastiche for housekeepers. Let Irvine Welsh advise you on the perfect chocolate cake or Jean-Paul Sartre on how to mend a dripping tap - The Times

Brilliantly channelling the spirits of literary luminaries such as Hemingway and Brontë, Plath and Zola. Mark Crick can tell you how to board an attic (in the style of Edgar Allan Poe) cook Rosti (á la Thomas Mann) and divide bamboo with Isabel Allende. It is all great stuff, and you will find yourself laughing - Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

If it was good the first time, how much better is it the fourth time: Mark Crick's The Household Tips of the Great Writers (Granta, £12.99) is a compilation of his books Kafka's Soup, Sartre's Sink and Machiavelli's Lawn, fond companions all of Christmases past. If you have never read "Quick Miso Soup à la Franz Kafka" or "Reglazing a Window with Milan Kundera" or "Growing Potatoes with Bertolt Brecht", you should. And if you already have, they're funny again, like the jokes in a Christmas cracker - Ian Sansom, Guardian

Mark Crick is good at spoofs, including Harold Pinter's recipe for cheese on toast, and repotting a house plant with Martin Amis" Genius. - Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday

A big cheer for the re-publication in a single volume of Mark Crick's three volumes of wonderfully droll sketches in the style of the great writers, outwardly packaged as household tips but inwardly designed to stop the reader participating in any chore due to howling tears of mirth ... Every piece is pitch perfect, revealing Crick's astonishing and understated knowledge of the greats of world literature ... This collection is guaranteed to make even the sourest bibliophilic misanthrope snigger with joy - Leyla Sanai, Rocks Back Pages

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