Literary hatchet-job of the year - A A Gill review of "Autobiography" nominated

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By Uncleskinny on Jan 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM
  1. Uncleskinny

    Uncleskinny It's all good Subscriber

    Jun 1, 2000
    On the moors
    Some of you may recall this link I posted some time ago...

    Well, that review has won an award, of sorts. The Independent has named that review the winner of the Literary Hatchet-Job Of The Year...

    Hatchet Job of the Year 2014: And this year’s prize for the best literary hatchet job goes to... - The Independent
    A A Gill, Peter Kemp and David Sexton in the running for the award that celebrates the year's most acerbic, entertaining critical put-downs

    ...The prize will be awarded on 11 February.

    Here it is in the newspaper itself (yesterday's paper)...


    And here's a response in today's paper...


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    1. Famous when dead
      Famous when dead
      Re: Literary hatchet-job of the year - and the winner is...

      In the Gill article, he sounds embittered to the point where his physical dislike is almost tangible.
      A deserved winner.
      Nice, short but sweet response to it too.
      Thank you.
    2. VivaGil
      While I'm not surprised there's an award for this, it takes a shit person to really make it and applaud someone. Some failed writer who never got their acclaim no doubt. Anyway apparently this aa gill is a cunt.
    3. Johnny Barleycorn
      Johnny Barleycorn
      "Brought to you by The Omnivore, The Hatchet Job of the Year Award is for the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months. It aims to raise the profile of professional critics and to promote integrity and wit in literary journalism."

      Gill's review is angry, funny and trenchant, so its inclusion is perfectly reasonable. Gill is actually a very fine writer, and many of his reviews are legendary in their bile.

      Gill's "listed crime" seems to be not what he said but the person he said it about. The sycophancy found within Morrissey's immediate circle and a few posters here does not extend beyond those places, so Morrissey is fair game. There does seem an underlying theme that good reviews can be published but bad reviews cannot.

      As I mentioned at the time my view was that Autobiography was a rather good book about a rather bad person. It is true that Gill is not a very nice human being, but neither is Morrissey. We know this from their writings.
    4. jdbabz
      Agree 100% Gill is such a bitch. He slagged off Professor of Classics Mary Beard in another article. Those who cannot do...
    5. Johnny Barleycorn
      Johnny Barleycorn
      The same Mary Beard who herself was nominated for Hatchet Job of the Year in 2012 for her review of Rome by Robert Hughes.
    6. jdbabz
      Hmmm I'm pretty sure she reviewed his art and not the way Robert Hughes looked.
    7. Johnny Barleycorn
    8. Orson Swells
      Orson Swells
      AA Gill is a well-known right wing snob. A vile character of the worst kind. Not that there's a right kind, of course.
    9. jdbabz
      No, do I have to reply to everything you say or can I make oblique reference to what I feel is the difference between the two. Besides Mary Beard is an expert in her field. A.A. Gill is not a music critic or a musician for that matter.
    10. Johnny Barleycorn
      Johnny Barleycorn
      He is a professional critic, of music, the arts and food. Just because you don't like what he said that doesn't change that simple fact.

      I've seen a couple of Winnie Beard programmes. Not a patch on Richard Holmes or David Starkey, but miles better than Dan Snow.
    11. Mozambiguous

      The first time I came across the name AA Gill I immediately visualised the food critic 'Gil' from Frasier.

      But immediate visualisations aside, what difference do AA Gill's political leanings (re: right wing snob) make to the overall construct of his character? A vile character is a vile character, politics notwithstanding, surely? Have you ever met a left wing snob? Take a quick scan through the articles on The Guardian website and you'll encounter your fair share. Or are they less vile for being on the left? If, at the end of the Morrissey hatchet-job, Gill wrote "P.S. Greater Manchester is a much 'greater' place now than it was in 1959, for two reasons: 1) Morrissey left it, and 2) the Asian population has grown exponentially during that time - take that Mr. 'the Chinese are a subspecies'", how vile would his character be then? Moderately, but at least he's not a bigot? Or, at least not the 'wrong' kind of bigot - he has made some truly disgusting remarks about the Welsh, the English, and the Manx, but they're all white and working class so who would blink an eyelid? Nobody on The Guardian's writing staff anyway.

      Here's some left-wing bigotry direct from The Guardian comment section, but this might be the elusive "right kind" of vile character which you claimed didn't exist.

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    12. Anonymous
      Is this Ali?
    13. Mozambiguous
      No it isn't, although I do sting like a bee... I would much rather be compared to James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, if it's all the same to you.

    14. Kewpie
    15. Quentins Girl
      Quentins Girl
      I only heard about Gill's review of the book, never read it. The last time I read A.A Gill he was reviewing Krisy Kreme Doughnuts (think he got a free trip to Vegas for research?), not sure I would listen to his literary views. I mean, I admire people being diverse and people who can multi-task (I can't), but reviewing a sugar doughnut and a memoir? The man is like margerine, spread too thin! As long as the Blonde loves him STILL, all is well I guess.

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