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A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes

    EL James: black and blue and read all over? – books podcast

    EL James: black and blue and read all over? – books podcast

    John Crace whips through the lastest instalment of EL James’s sado-masochistic bestseller, Grey, and asks if it’s time to apply the safe word

    • 14 min
    Michel Houellebecq: profane or prophetic? – books podcast

    Michel Houellebecq: profane or prophetic? – books podcast

    John Crace squashes Houellebecq’s Submission and asks whether the sacred monster of French fiction is just making trouble for its own sake

    • 16 min
    TS Eliot: beyond commentary? – books podcast

    TS Eliot: beyond commentary? – books podcast

    John Crace puts the annotated editon of the Nobel laureate’s poetical works through the wringer and assesses the stature of the modernist master

    • 16 min
    Kazuo Ishiguro: roaring giant or sleeping dragon? – books podcast

    Kazuo Ishiguro: roaring giant or sleeping dragon? – books podcast

    John Crace boils down The Buried Giant and asks whether this genre-bending quest novel is destined for the halls of glory or the mists of forgetfulness

    • 15 min
    Harper Lee: a happy return to Maycomb? – books podcast

    Harper Lee: a happy return to Maycomb? – books podcast

    John Crace puts the squeeze on Go Set a Watchman, and considers its effect on the author’s reputation

    • 15 min
    Hillary Clinton: the big reveal? – books podcast

    Hillary Clinton: the big reveal? – books podcast

    John Crace digests Hillary Clinton’s latest autobiography, and picks it over for clues to vital questions – what does she really think of Obama?

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Billi ,

The Digested Read by John Crace

Deeply smart, funny, true. We love you, John Crace. More more more Digested Read! PLEASE UPDATE THIS PODCAST. ITUNES? GUARDIAN? PLEASE!

ReeinUSA ,

Excellent but not updated enough !!!!

This is one of my favouriote podcasts, just wish that they updateded it more frequently. I read Crace's coloumn in The Guardian but hearing him read it with his own nuances is so much better - PLEASE PLEASE update !!!

amaglin ,

Funny, skillful satire!

Even when you aren't familiar with the classic and modern books being satired, you feel familiar with them after you've heard John Crace's "digested" version of them. When you are, in fact, familiar with the book that's being skewered, it's even more hilarious!

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