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Famous Brits pick their most-hated books

Famous Brits pick their most-hated books
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This list of the most blasphemous books is from 2003, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.

JJ Ballard: author

Venegans Week by James Joyce

Joyce’s incomprehensible novel, which has provided a livelihood for generations of masters of English literature, represents an unfortunate trend in twentieth-century fiction: the pursuit of utter obscurity. Finnegans Wake is the best example of modernity disappearing from the ground up.


Jonathan Meads: Author and broadcaster

Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

“I think they’re absolutely bad, just awful, worse than Enid Blyton. I discouraged my kids from reading them. They are not badly written and I don’t mind bad writing, it’s the arrogance and complicity with a reader I don’t like. It’s almost as if it was written by a focused group.” J.K. Rowling is the sub-literary counterpart to Tony Blair.”


Dr. Jonathan Miller: Director, author and broadcaster

Any thing by Jacques Derrida

“When I dive into the mysterious depths of Derrida, I feel like I am drowning, I can deal with difficult subjects, but Derrida fails to make them interesting, because his writing is completely impenetrable. It claims to be philosophical, but in fact it is pervertedly obscure.”


Sir John Mortimer: Author and creator of Rumpole

the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

“Anything about Gandalf, and those little things with hair between her toes. I hate this kind of pseudo, pseudo, magical medieval writing.”


Ken Russell: Movie director

Atlas shrugs by Ayn Rand

“It has a great reputation as a masterpiece, but I found it to be a fascist oration about how wonderful American business tycoons were. Yet it is very cleverly written.”

What is your most hated book? me toss-up between Under game And Secret History.

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