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'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
They claim otherwise, of course. Readers like to present themselves as private arbiters of taste; as people interested in the good stuff. I'm sure they are. I'm sure they really do care whether the steak was served au point as requested or whether the soufflé had achieved a certain ineffable lightness. And yet, when I compare dinner to bodily fluids, the room to an S&M chamber in Neasden (only without the glamour or class), and the bill to an act of grand larceny, why, then the baying crowd is truly happy.'
About the Author
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer. For a while he was a sex columnist for Cosmopolitan; he also once got himself completely waxed in the name of journalism. He only mentions this because it hurt. Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and two works of non-fiction. He is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and the resident food expert on The One Show. He likes pig.
Things were looking up for Graham Peterson in both his career and his love life at the end of the last book, 'The Diary Of A Hapless Father: months 0-3', but things were never going to stay sweet in Graham's garden for long. Having had his proposal to Alison refused and at risk of losing his new job before he even starts, 2013 isn't off to a good start at all. One of the only things keeping poor old Graham going is knowing that the first three terrifying months of his son Charlie's life are behind him. Over the course of six months, in 'The Diary Of An Inexperienced Father' Graham realises just how inexperienced he is not only at being a father, but also in his other relationships and outlook on life. The only question is, can Graham get his life on track before Charlie is old enough to form an opinion of his dad?